Building peace in the minds of men and women

Striking peace on troubled waters

The one resource we can’t live without is becoming ever more scarce. Will wars be fought over water, as they have been over oil? The thesis is provocative, but overlooks the fact that hostile countries have almost always managed to strike deals on the rivers flowing across their borders. From the Danube to the Nile, this dossier highlights the ways in which water is used to extinguish fires rather than ignite them.

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October 2001