American Society of Civil Engineers

Framework for Improving Water Security in the Middle East

by John A. Kliem, P.E., (Commander, Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy, Graduate, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington D.C. 20340 E-mail:
Section: Transboundary Water Issues, pp. 3887-3896, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009: Great Rivers
Abstract: Middle Eastern water demands are going to exceed the supply by 2040 potentially exacerbating an already tense situation. Any lasting peace plan needs to address scarce water resource commodities. All stake holders need to play a role in determining the allocation of water to ensure water security needed for further economic development. The United States as part of an international coalition needs to guide the Jordan River riparian states in the development of a regional water governance body to provide the required transparency to fairly allocate water resources and to ensure that water does not become the flash point for future Middle Eastern conflicts.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Water demand
Middle East