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Negotiating Water across Levels: A Peace and Conflict “Toolbox” for Water Diplomacy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Research School of the International Center for Water Cooperation (ICWC), UNESCO Category II Centre, c/o Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Research School of the International Center for Water Cooperation (ICWC), UNESCO Category II Centre, c/o Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Research School of the International Center for Water Cooperation (ICWC), UNESCO Category II Centre, c/o Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Research School of the International Center for Water Cooperation (ICWC), UNESCO Category II Centre, c/o Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Hydrology, ISSN 0022-1694, E-ISSN 1879-2707, Vol. 559, p. 100-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a key policy tool, water diplomacy offers greater political engagement in the cooperative management of shared water. A range of initiatives has been dedicated to this end, almost invariably oriented around the interactions of nation states. Crucially, however, practitioners of water diplomacy also need to address water governance at sub-state levels. As a political, multi-level, and normative field, peace and conflict research offers a pluralism of approaches designed to bring actors together at all levels. Drawing upon this research, this paper offers new focal points for water diplomacy that can enhance its policy effectiveness and enrich its underlying academic current. More specifically, it presents three hitherto undervalued tools for water diplomacy: at the interstate level, to uncover the rich body of political norms that bind states to shared understandings of acceptable practice around water. At the intrastate level, to incorporate ethnography of water users and civil society groups’ responses to state-led waterworks projects, and at the communal level to employ disaggregated georeferenced data on water resources in conflict-prone areas. Taken together, these analytical tools provide a multi-faceted political gauge of the dynamics of water diplomacy, and add vital impetus to develop water diplomacy across multiple levels of policy engagement.

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2018. Vol. 559, p. 100-109
Keywords [en]
Water diplomacy, Peace, Conflict, Policy tools
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Peace and Conflict Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-342646DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.02.008ISI: 000430902000009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-342646DiVA, id: diva2:1184989
Available from: 2018-02-22 Created: 2018-02-22 Last updated: 2018-07-03Bibliographically approved

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Grech-Madin, CharlotteDöring, StefanKim, KyungmeeSwain, Ashok

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