Cooperating Rivals: The Riparian Politics of the Jordan by Jeffrey K. Sosland

By Jeffrey K. Sosland

Examines cooperation and clash over water within the heart East.

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At the end of World War I, a compromise was struck between the Wilsonian principle of self-determination and the desire of the colonial powers to control the region and maintain a regional balance of power. The Jordan River area, along with much of the Ottoman Empire, was divided between the colonial powers into new political entities called mandates. The British and French administered these units under supervision of the League of Nations until the inhabitants were ready for independence and self-government.

In 1949, the Truman administration helped Israel guarantee a $100 million loan from the Export-Import Bank, but the country needed additional assistance to develop its water and irrigation system. Each Jordan River riparian understood well that economic stability and development were paramount to state survival. A critical ingredient for these agrarian economies was water, which was a scarce item in both Jordan and Israel. Without a reliable flow, a state’s economic stability was doubtful. Thus, water for these states was looked on not only as a source of state power but also as an issue of state survival.

3 Ch. 4 Ch. 4 Ch. 4 Ch. 4 Ch. 4 Ch. 5 Ch. 6 Ch. 6 Ch. 6 Ch. 6 Acute Conflict Subcases (Dates) Demilitarized Zone/Hula wetlands (1951) Demilitarized Zone/B’not Yacov (1953) Upper Jordan Arab Diversion (1965–1966) Israeli Bombing of East Ghor Canal (1968–1970) Jordan and/or Israel Water-Scarcity-Related Mobilization of Troops on the Yarmouk’s Banks (1979, 1986, and 1987) Ch. 2 Ch. 2 Ch. 3 Ch. 4 Ch. 4 plan provides important rules, but the experience highlights to the riparians the limits of public, formal, multilateral water cooperation.

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