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Drops of Peace: The role of water management in peacebuilding

Nilsson, Anna Stina LU (2012) STVM11 20112
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis aims to develop a theory on the role of water in an intrastate peacebuilding process, which is an area of research that has not yet been explored. The notion presented and which drives the following argumentation is that water with its practical, essential, local and cooperative characteristics could be an important factor in a peacebuilding context. The theoretical discussions take as a starting point previous research on hydropolitics, which discusses water as a source of conflict or cooperation and hybrid peacebuilding, a theory which denotes the interaction between the international efforts and local level agency in a post-conflict society.
The role of water in a peacebuilding process can be divided into three areas;... (More)
This thesis aims to develop a theory on the role of water in an intrastate peacebuilding process, which is an area of research that has not yet been explored. The notion presented and which drives the following argumentation is that water with its practical, essential, local and cooperative characteristics could be an important factor in a peacebuilding context. The theoretical discussions take as a starting point previous research on hydropolitics, which discusses water as a source of conflict or cooperation and hybrid peacebuilding, a theory which denotes the interaction between the international efforts and local level agency in a post-conflict society.
The role of water in a peacebuilding process can be divided into three areas; economic development, trust- and confidence-building cooperation on a local level and strengthening state legitimacy. Afghanistan is discussed as an illustrative example of water management in a peacebuilding process. The findings from the case study indicate that before water can generate larger peaceful relations the security situation needs to be stabilized. They also show that there is potential for water to act as an important driver in a peacebuilding process, thus paving way for further research. (Less)
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author
Nilsson, Anna Stina LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM11 20112
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Hybrid peacebuilding, hydropolitics, water management, Afghanistan.
language
English
id
2275232
date added to LUP
2012-02-14 21:08:27
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  abstract     = {This thesis aims to develop a theory on the role of water in an intrastate peacebuilding process, which is an area of research that has not yet been explored. The notion presented and which drives the following argumentation is that water with its practical, essential, local and cooperative characteristics could be an important factor in a peacebuilding context. The theoretical discussions take as a starting point previous research on hydropolitics, which discusses water as a source of conflict or cooperation and hybrid peacebuilding, a theory which denotes the interaction between the international efforts and local level agency in a post-conflict society.
The role of water in a peacebuilding process can be divided into three areas; economic development, trust- and confidence-building cooperation on a local level and strengthening state legitimacy. Afghanistan is discussed as an illustrative example of water management in a peacebuilding process. The findings from the case study indicate that before water can generate larger peaceful relations the security situation needs to be stabilized. They also show that there is potential for water to act as an important driver in a peacebuilding process, thus paving way for further research.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Anna Stina},
  keyword      = {Hybrid peacebuilding,hydropolitics,water management,Afghanistan.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Drops of Peace: The role of water management in peacebuilding},
  year         = {2012},
}