Environment, Conflict and Cooperation in the Middle East

Dr. Clive Lipchin

Director, Center for Transboundary Water Management, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (3 credits)

In this course, the environment is conceived in a broad sense of physical factors that condition human affairs. This includes geographical factors, such as territory, as conceived by political borders, as well as the availability, pattern and distribution of natural resources. The course will cover varying perspectives on conflict and cooperation over shared resources, within as well as among nations. Topics will be first introduced on a global level and will then focus on the Middle East (particularly Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority).


This course will prepare students to:

  • apply conflict and cooperation theory to environmental conflicts;
  • become familiar with global environmental problems and their connection to conflict and cooperation;
  • and become familiar with environmental problems in the Middle East and the political contexts in which they are formed and the possible pathway for their resolution.


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