Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals - IBEI
Date Written: September 3, 2018
This report provides a summary of the "Environmental Politics in the Middle East" research initiative, which explores the geopolitics of natural resources in the Middle East in an attempt to expand the focus to include the region’s many natural resources other than natural gas, such as land, air, water, and food. Some of the issues under investigation include a focus on water scarcity, which is a global issue but one that is particularly acute in the Middle East; its impacts are examined through a case study on Yemen. Food security is studied in the case of Syria, which before the civil war began, in 2011, was one of the region’s notable food exporters. Aside from acute food shortages within Syria, the conflict has had ripple effects on the region and has led to rising food prices in neighboring states, such as Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq.
Alibeli, Madalla and Babar, Zahra and Chandra, Uday and Crystal, Jill and El-Keblawy, Ali and Elmi, Afyare A and Ghilès, Francis and Gridneff, Ilya and Hassan, Islam and Henry, Clement and Kamrava, Mehran and Keulertz, Martin and Latafat, Umber and Lieven, Anatol and Maleki, Abbas and Mirgani, Suzi and Saleh, Farah and Shahzad, Rumsha and Snoussi, Maria and Sowers, Jeannie and Verhoeven, Harry and Vermeulen, Wessel and Wanucha, Elizabeth and Woertz, Eckart, Environmental Politics in the Middle East (September 3, 2018). CIRS Summary Report No. 24 (2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3447023