9. The Politics and Geopolitics of Water

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”—Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”—Benjamin Franklin (not too proud to borrow), Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746

“Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes—one for peace and one for science.”—John F. Kennedy

If current trends continue, there is no doubt that wars will be fought in the 21st century over water. Not oil. Not ideology. Not theology. Water. Survival.

Figure 9.1 might be a good segue into the politics and geopolitics of water. There is a reason why Israel and the UAE (and Saudi Arabia and Libya and almost every other nation in the Middle East) are spending ...

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