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Indus water disputes and India-Pakistan relations

Mirza, Muhammad Nasrullah

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Abstract

The study reinforces the belief of geo-politicians that competition over and control of, vital resources –- be they oil, strategic materials for warfare, water and sea lanes or minerals – is the main cause of conflict between states and adds substance to that belief by attributing equal significance to the territorial control of freshwater resources as an issue of high-politics in international relations. To highlight theoretical and policy relevance it formulates a theoretical model befittingly explaining linkages between war and peace over vital water resources and explains when the rival riparian compromise on vital concerns and put political issues on the backburner. With this backdrop the Dissertation addresses the question: Is water a cause of conflict or catalyst for peace and establishes linkage between the Indus water resource and the Kashmir dispute. While highlighting role of Indus waters in political thinking, strategic planning and warfare between India and Pakistan the study projects its future implications for war and peace in the region and highlights emerging scenarios in the wake of growing water scarcity and environmental degradation. The study also suggests practicable policy recommendations for sustainable development and durable peace in the region.

Item Type: Dissertation
Supervisor: Pfetsch, Prof. em Dr. Frank R.
Date of thesis defense: 15 June 2016
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 13:10
Date: 2016
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies > Dean's Office of The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
320 Political science
Controlled Keywords: South Asian Security, India-Pakistan Relations, Kashmir Dispute, Water Wars, Accommodation between Enduring Rivals, Mediation by Influential Third Party, Sustainability of Mediated Setllements, Riparian Rights, Climate Change and Water Scarcity, Environmental Degradation and Water Supply, Man-made Water Scarcity, Population and Water Scarcity
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