Frederick M. Lorenz
Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.
As the amount of available fresh water in the world decreases in quality and quantity, development and protection of this critical resource becomes a matter of international security. In the Middle East, fresh water is likely to become more important than oil. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach, beginning with an overview of the scientific and hydrological factors that are critical to understanding the subject. By studying three major river basins in the Middle East, students will explore the historic, geographic, political, environmental and legal factors that lead to conflict or cooperation. Contested claims over surface and underground water resources permeate all other concerns about ideology, national security, economic and social well-being, and international politics. This course will also explore the strategies to improve water management by tracking, anticipating, and responding to climate change.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Students will be assigned roles in water negotiations for one of the three river basins; they will be expected to represent the interests of their nation or organization to achieve the best result.
Class assignments and grading
Two short papers, one final/longer paper. Class participation very important.