Course Announcement: Water and Security in the Middle East : JSIS A 493 and JSIS A 593

Course Announcement: Water and Security in the Middle East    
Fall 2016 Course in International Studies
Water and Security in the Middle East    
JSIS A 493 and JSIS A 593
5 credits 

This course will take an interdisciplinary approach, beginning with an overview of the scientific and hydrological factors that are critical to understanding the subject. By studying three major river basins in the Middle East, students will explore the historic, geographic, political, environmental and legal factors that lead to conflict or cooperation. Since global climate change will likely affect fundamental drivers of the hydrological cycle, climate change will have a large impact on water resources and water resource managers. The instructor has traveled widely in the region and has published a book on “Strategic Water in Iraq.”
Graduate Students:  May have the option to participate in a separate writing program as part of a project for the US Foreign Service Institute (FSI).    During a briefing for the new US Ambassador to Iraq in Washington DC in August 2016 a representative of FSI asked for support in developing a simulation program related to the Euphrates-Tigris Basin.  Graduate students who are selected to participate will be excused from the regular class briefing paper (listed in the syllabus) and will be graded separately on their input for the FSI Project. 
The course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays between 1:30 and 3:20.  The Class Web Page with syllabus is  For more information, send an e-mail to the instructor, Frederick Michael Lorenz at   

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