International Negotiation 4: 295–325, 1999. © 1999 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 295 New Research Directions The two articles which follow examine disputes over shared water resources in the Middle East and how the involved parties have sought to find acceptable solutions using negotiation mechanisms. The first article by Deborah Shmueli addresses negotiation from a geographer’s perspective, highlighting the geopolitical and technological aspects of bargaining over water. The second by Cecilia Albin, a political scientist, examines water negotiations in the context of justice, fairness and power among unequal parties. Approaches to Water Dispute Resolution: Applications to Arab-Israeli Negotiations DEBORAH F. SHMUELI Department of Geography, University of Haifa, 31905 Haifa, Israel Abstract. Increasing and competing demands among countries for water is a major cause of international disputes. This article builds on research of negotiation processes and institutional frameworks of international river basin management. Its focus is the search for effective ap- proaches that can be applied to the resolution of Arab-Israeli water disputes. While every dispute is unique, the Arab-Israeli situation is not the only case with stubborn and long- standing enmities, shortages of water resources, political and economic power imbalances, absences from negotiations of vital riparians,
International Negotiation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
Keywords: negotiation approaches in water conflicts; joint river basin management; shared water resources; integrative negotiations; international river basins; collaborative negotiation; Arab-Israeli water negotiations
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