Towards Re-Securitization of Water in the New Middle East

Dursun Yıldız

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

Email: 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 relationships rapidly, little attention has been paid to the risk of re-securitization of some issues by related communities. This paper first reviews the possible effects of the natural climate-changing trends together with the consequences of the new world political changing trends on trans boundary rivers hydro-politics in post conflicted regions. It also discusses the ongoing changes 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 the New World Order. We aim to address the risk of water re-securitization within the issue area of conceptualizing a New World Order emerging on the basis of a 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 that can gain momentum and threaten 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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