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  • Publication Date: 03-2010
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: EastWest Institute
  • Abstract: Climate change, economic development and population growth are changing perceptions of water and raising awareness of the growing stresses placed on the world's freshwater resources. The limited availability of water is particularly acute in regions such as the Middle East where demand already outweighs supply and neighboring states must share their main freshwater resources. Competition over dwindling and ill-managed water resources will likely increase, potentially threatening food security, health, economic development and peace in a region already struggling with ongoing conflict.
  • Topic: Climate Change, Economics, Natural Resources, Water
  • Political Geography: Middle East
  • Author: Jocelyn Brooks
  • Publication Date: 08-2005
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: EastWest Institute
  • Abstract: A previous study by the East West Institute in April 2005 concluded that industrial estates offer promising opportunities for economic rehabilitation, employment regeneration, the development of export-based industries, and provide a focal point for domestic and international investment in the Palestinian Territories.
  • Topic: Development, Economics, Government
  • Political Geography: Middle East, Palestine
  • Author: Aiman Mackie
  • Publication Date: 05-2005
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: EastWest Institute
  • Abstract: The political and economic landscape in the Middle East is changing in ways that would have been hard to imagine months ago. With changes in governments, the near cessation of violence, the more active reengagement of the United States in the peace process, and various positive signals from both sides, including direct meetings between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the longstanding conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is entering a period of relative optimism. Recent indications are that the Palestinian Authority is ready to work jointly with five parallel working groups being set up by the Government of Israel to address different aspects of the planned disengagement from Gaza, and the Quartet Principals have appointed out- going World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn as Special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement. The Special Envoy is charged with leading, overseeing and coordinating the international community's efforts in support of the disengagement initiative.
  • Topic: Development, Economics, Government
  • Political Geography: United States, Middle East, Israel, Palestine, Gaza