Strategic Water: Iraq and Security Planning in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the concluding section: "Water and security issues in the Euphrates-Tigris basin have received little publicity as the world watches each new crisis unfold in the Middle East. Despite the current volatility and uncertainty in the region, the international community cannot wait to take action on water and security matters in the basin. Such actions will not detract from immediate priorities but will in fact serve to support broader initiatives, including regional cooperation and a stable government in Iraq. Today, the reports of water deficits and human suffering are carrying wake-up calls for the future and also 'hope for creativity and opportunities for community building.' The failure to deal with these long-term issues will become apparent in 10 to 15 years when water quantity and quality deteriorate beyond acceptable levels. Iraq has the most to lose if the water situation in the Euphrates-Tigris basin deteriorates as now predicted. In spite of the difficult and dangerous regional security environment, there is still much that can be accomplished. The United States and the international community can support the initiatives mentioned in the 'Final Conclusions and Recommendations' section with little additional capital investment. The benefits of these initiatives will go far beyond the mere availability of water--action now manages the problem rather than merely responding to the crisis, and it also supports U.S. strategic interests to maintain peace and stability in the region."

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Lorenz, Frederick and Erickson, Edward J. ''Strategic Water: Iraq and Security Planning in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin.'' Quantico, VA: Marine Corps University Press, 2013
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