From Scarcity to Security: Water as a Resource for Middle East Peacebuilding


20 March 2017 | Washington, DC

Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University


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In the Middle East, water has often constituted a source of tension between Israel, the Palestinians and neighboring states. In recent years, however, regional leaders have increasingly identified water security as a shared interest that transcends borders - and even a potential avenue for peacebuilding. For two decades, the EcoPeace Middle East organization has engaged Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians in the joint promotion of practical solutions to transboundary problems of scarcity and pollution. In the process, they have fostered regional alliances, built environmental infrastructure, altered allocation policies, and shined spotlights on the environmental crises facing sacred sites such as the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. This panel will draw on decades of civil society and intergovernmental experience to highlight the potential of water security as a catalyst for peacebuilding in the Middle East and beyond.


The event will be held on Monday, March 20 from12:00- 1:30 PM at The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1957 E Street NW. 



  • Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director, EcoPeace Middle East
  • Marina Djernaes, Director, EcoPeace Center for Water Security


moderated by:

  • Ned Lazarus, Visiting Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School and an Israel Institute Teaching Fellow




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