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The Role of Water in Middle East Conflict & Cooperation:
Perspectives on Jordan and its Neighbors

September 20, 2006

Munther J. Haddadin
Former Jordanian Minister of Water
An RFF Press Book Launch

Over one hundred practitioners, academics, students, and members of the media came together at the Embassy of Jordan for this lecture and book launch event. Munther J. Haddadin is Jordan's former Minister of Water and editor of the new RFF Press book Water Resources in Jordan: Evolving Policies for Development, the Environment, and Conflict Resolution.

During the 45 minute lecture, Haddadin speaks on Jordan's water resources and history, current conflicts with neighboring countries over the use of water from the various rivers that run through Jordan, and an overview of water conflict in the region, specifically focusing on Israel, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon. He also discusses the economics and political issues involved in the shared use of water among the countries. The information and lessons in this presentation are of interest to people living in the many semi-arid regions of the world, where water supply does not meet the growing demands of the population.

The event is sponsored by the Embassy of Jordan in cooperation with Resources for the Future/RFF Press. Water Resources in Jordan is the first book in RFF Press's new series Issues in Water Resource Policy. The event, in its entirety, is available for viewing via the links below.


Forthcoming from RFF Press

Water Resources
in Jordan:
Evolving Policies for Development, the Environment, and Conflict Resolution

Edited by
Munther J. Haddadin

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Introduction: Merissa Khurma  | Link to Video
Director & Press Attache
Embassy of Jordan

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Munther J.Haddadin | Link to Video | Link to Presentation Slides
Jordan's Former Minister of Water

(Editor of the RFF Press Book Water Resources in Jordan: Evolving Policies for Development, the Environment, and Conflict Resolution)

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(Presentation slides are included with the video file.)

Munther J. Haddadin has held many senior level positions related to Jordanian water policy, including president and chairman of the Board of the Jordan Valley Authority from 1982 to 1987, and Minister of Water and Irrigation in Jordan from 1997 to 1998. He was a senior negotiator in Jordan's delegations to the Middle East Peace Process, within which he headed the committee on water, energy and the environment in the bilateral peace negotiations with Israel. He is currently a consultant and a courtesy professor in the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University and an affiliate professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Question and Answer Session | Link to Video

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