November 2019

Water Security in the Middle East

Abstract

The Dialogue Workshop “Water Security in the Middle East” was held on October 24th, 2019 in the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem as part of the EuroMeSCo ENI Project, co-funded by the European Union and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). It was organized by the Israel Palestine Center for Regional Initiatives (IPCRI), the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) and the IEMed.

A total of 25 participants, including EuroMeSCo researchers directly involved in the project as well as other experts and scholars attended the workshop. This dialogue workshop aimed at discussing the initial research results ahead of the publication of a Joint Policy Study, and engaging the participants in analyzing and sharing their perspectives on current state of water, water diplomacy and the nexus between water and energy. In addition, this workshop discussed and analyzed relevant conceptual frameworks such as securitization and desecuritization which have important policy ramifications.

The present report is a summary of main points raised in workshop discussions.