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Conflict and Cooperation over Shared Water Resources - In Search of Security for the Lower Mekong River Basin

Licentiate thesis
Authors Joakim Öjendal
ISBN 91-87380-46-3
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 1997
Published at Department of Peace and Development Research
Language en
Keywords Mekong, Water Conflicts, Development, Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Regional Cooperation
Subject categories Peace and development research


The assumption in the thesis is that water has been a common good which is becoming scarce, therefore, it is fought over by many different actual and potential users. Water is, moreover, a life necessity which renders it, in the face of shortage, into a conflict prone issue. The purpose of the thesis is to clarify the risks for conflict and potential for development stemming from the use of the water resources of the Mekong River. The thesis draws on theoretical debates on the conditions for, and consequences of, water sharing and water utilization. The dimension of sharing or non-sharing is highlighted on the regional level, and the dimension of large versus small scale strategies is focused on the sub-national level.

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