Daoudy, Marwa. The Water Divide Between Syria, Turkey, and Iraq: Negotiation, Security, and Power Asymmetry. (CNRS Editions, 2005)

What has been the evolution of conflicts over “white gold?” If the Middle East’s “water war” often appeared in the specialist literature of the 1990s, what is the situation today? How important was this issue in the power dynamics of three key actors: Syria, Iraq, and Turkey? What were the negotiation strategies of Syria and Iraq (downstream riparians of the Tigris and Euphrates) in regard to their powerful neighbor, upstream Turkey?

In this volume, Dr. Daoudy addresses these questions from the perspective of negotiation theories and in so doing provides a critical examination of the negotiating sessions conducted by Syria, Iraq, and Turkey from 1962 to 2000. Her work provides a historical, political, and legal analysis, as well as showing an awareness of development economics. New sources and fieldwork investigations contribute to the originality of this multi-disciplinary undertaking, which is both empirical and theoretical. The publication takes the reader behind the scenes of geopolitics, revealing the real negotiation issues at stake and the coalition dynamics at work.

In 2005, the book received the Ernest Lémonon Prize by the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of the Institut de France.