Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Resolution provides a comprehensive review of the relevant literature on managing conflicts stemming from the quantity and quality problems of water around the world. So far, few comprehensive and interdisciplinary analyses of such international surface water conflicts have been produced.
The literature surveyed indicates that while in many areas there has been extensive research and analysis, there continues to be a need for more studies on the specific situations that lead to conflicts over water and other environmental resources. Lateral learning, an attempt to understand the similarities between all conflicts over natural resources, will lend itself to future applications in predicting and preventing these conflicts.
A survey of international watersheds provides some bibliographical and general data collected from over 200 transboundary watersheds. A subset of case studies of the exhaustive list of international watersheds is examined in greater detail. A related effort is a compilation and analysis of relevant water treaties, and the rationale for their partial implementation.
Heather L. Beach is an independent research consultant and web designer who holds an MS in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences. Jesse Hamner is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. J. Joseph Hewitt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Edy Kaufman is is Senior Research Associate, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland – College Park and Executive Director, Harry Truman Research Instiute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Anja Kurki is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland – College Park. Joe A. Oppenheimer is a Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland – College park. Aaron T. Wolf is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University.