Energizing Mid–East water diplomacy: The potential for regional water–energy exchanges

David Katz, Arkadiy Shafran

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This article presents a nongovernmental initiative to address asymmetric hydropolitical relations in the Jordan River basin through issue linkage. The initiative would develop desalination capacity along the Mediterranean to supply water to Jordan, with Jordan generating and distributing solar energy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Such a project could provide a range of economic, environmental and geopolitical benefits to the parties involved, though it would also increase national dependencies on critical resources, which may be a serious impediment to adoption. Still, such mutual dependencies may be preferable to the current unilateral and asymmetric relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-310
Number of pages19
JournalWater International
Issue number4
StatePublished - 18 May 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by EcoPeace Middle East and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, © 2020 International Water Resources Association.


  • Desalination
  • Middle East
  • Track II diplomacy
  • hydropolitics
  • issue linkage
  • renewable energy
  • transboundary
  • water-energy nexus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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