"This book addresses RBOs' role in water diplomacy and conflict management in the broader context of cooperation over shared water resources. Through a theoretical framework, global overview and numerous case studies, it examines what role RBOs can and have played in addressing disagreements and conflicts and which approaches, tools and processes they have used in doing so"--
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Anoulak Kittikhoun is a political scientist, strategist and planner who has worked for a national government, a think tank, the United Nations, and a major river basin organization. As chief strategy and partnership officer of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat, he leads the organization's work on strategic planning and policy, international cooperation, communication and stakeholder engagement, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational development.
Susanne Schmeier is a legal and organizational development expert who has advised many river basin organizations as well as other international organizations around the world on transboundary natural resources management, water law, and institutional development. She is a senior lecturer in water law and diplomacy at IHE Delft.
Introduction: Do river basin organizations make a difference in water diplomacy and conflict management?
Anoulak Kittikhoun and Susanne Schmeier
1. The legal role and context of river basin organizations
2. Water diplomacy and collaborative governance in the Great Lakes Basin
3. Water diplomacy and shared resources along the United States-Mexico border
Maria Elena Giner and Gabriel E. Eckstein
4. Process aspects of the development of shared waters agreements: The Columbia River Treaty
Kim Ogren and Aaron T. Wolf
5. International river basin organizations and benefit sharing arrangements in the Columbia and Senegal international river basins: Past, present, and future
Richard Kyle Paisley, Riley T. Denoon, and Marguerite de Chaisemartin
6. The Niger Basin: Is development raising the stakes of cooperation?
7. Water diplomacy and conflict transformation in the Nile River Basin: The key role of the Nile Basin Initiative over the past 20 years
Ana Elisa Cascão, Wubalem Fekade, Malte Grossmann, and Abdulkarim Seid
8. Managing abundance: CICOS and the Congo
Tobias von Lossow
9. Water diplomacy in the absence of a river basin organization: A case study in Jordan, Israel, and Palestine
Samer A. Talozi and Natasha Westheimer
10. Water diplomacy in the Helmand River Basin: Exploring the obstacles to cooperation within the shadow of anarchy
Mohsen Nagheeby and Alistair Rieu-Clarke
11. Prolonging or resolving water conflicts in Central Asia? The International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea
Jenniver Sehring and Saghit Ibatullin
12. The Mekong River Commission as a water diplomat
Anoulak Kittikhoun and Denise Michèle Staubli
13. China in international institutions for water governance
Lei Xie and Zha Daojiong
14. Managing disagreements in European basins: What role for river basin organizations in water diplomacy?
Susanne Schmeier and Ivan Zavadsky
15. Conclusion: Managing tensions and sharing benefits-international rivers in conflict and cooperation
David Grey, Anoulak Kittikhoun, and Susanne Schmeier
"This book provides welcome insights into how river basin organisations from a range of political, cultural and physical settings have addressed sensitive development decisions. It goes beyond descriptions of institutional form and function to examine how RBOs have engaged in water diplomacy and the related difficulties, successes and limitations. We may agree or disagree with the perspectives presented, but this valuable contribution to the discussion on RBOs provides the framing and basis for us to draw our own conclusions." - Jeremy Bird, former Director General of the International Water Management Institute.
"While competition over water resources is seldom a direct or single cause of armed conflict, tensions and disputes over water are real and have to be resolved. This book offers valuable insights into the importance of River Basin Organizations as a key element in this global picture and should stimulate further thinking about the needed innovations that will strengthen water cooperation as a globally important instrument of peace." - Danilo Turk, Chair of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace.
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