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Towards Re-Securitization of Water in the New Middle East

Towards Re-Securitization of Water in the New Middle East[1]


                                                                                                  Dursun Yıldız                                                    

                                                                Hydropolitics Association of Turkey                                  

Güfte Sokak No: 8/9 TR 06680 Kavaklıdere Çankaya, Ankara, Turkey

E mail: dyildiz@hidropolitikakademi.org




The New World Order and climate change effects may shift hydro-politics paradigm from (de)securitization   to re-securitization in conflicted areas While World was changing in international relationship rapidly, little attention has been paid to risk of re-securitization of some issues by related communities.

This paper first reviews possible effects of the natural climate changing trends together with consequences of the new world political changing trends on trans boundary rivers hydro-politics in post conflicted regions. It also discusses the ongoing changing in natural climate and international political climate effects on transboundary water management in relation to securitization theory. It then unpacks the nexus water re-securitization through the prism of the national state turn in New World Order. We aim to addresses the risk of water re-securitization within the issue area of conceptualizing a New World Order emerging on the base of new national states concept.

We conduct a conceptual scoping, which critically probes what re-securitization and conflicts change politically in the conflicted regions where water was securitized while major peacebuilding efforts have been made to de-securitize the conflict in the past.


We conclude with a discussion of the risk of re-politicizing water conflict dynamics can gain momentum and threat the regional security in the water conflicted regions. It directly contradicts the normative assumption about de-securitization as a return to normal politics.


Keywords: De-securitization, Re-securitization , Water  Politics ; Conflict;

 Water conflict;New  Middle East; Conflict analysis

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[1] For citation : YILDIZ, D, 2017 " Towards Re-Securitization of Water in the New Middle East ", World Water Diplomacy & Science News. Hydropolitics Academy, July 2017 ,Ankara.-Turkey

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