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Political Science


Gary Prevost


Of all the freshwater in the world today, only about one-third of one percent is available for human consumption and survival. Relationships among countries of the region were, and continue to be significantly affected and played out in the use of water and the policies that surround their use. Because of the growing concerns and problems surrounding the legal rights to have fair access to water, it has become essential for countries to realize that it is their ability to deal with this issue that will determine their survival. The common framework of international law and its principles may act as the starting point for resolving the Middle East water issues. My thesis looks at the development of international water law an its real world applicability through the use of three case studies. The case studies are the groundwater in the West Bank, the Euphrates River, and the Nile River.