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Geneva Water Hub "Water Talks": Dam Challenges In The Euphrates-Tigris Basin

GENEVA, Switzerland

Transboundary water relations in the Euphrates-Tigris basin have been marked with political confrontations among the riparian states, namely Turkey, Syria and Iraq, mainly due to uncoordinated construction, filling and operation of large-scale dams. Technical cooperation on dam safety has been a common concern for the three riparians but, due to challenges such as the US invasion of Iraq and the civil war in Syria, trilateral cooperation has not been possible. Bilaterally, however, government officials and water professionals from Turkey and Iraq have been looking to develop  joint dams on their border.

In the 5th edition of its "Water Talk Series", the Geneva Water Hub welcomed Aysegül Kibaroglu, the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University, Istanbul. The series of talks is an open-speech opportunity for researchers to expose and explain their ideas, their stances on contemporary challenges linked to water governance.

Kibarogul is an expert on Middle East transboundary water politics, international water law, with specialty in Turkey’s water policy, political geography, and environmental security.

Her April address, “Dam Development Trajectory in the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin: Challenges and Prospects”, examines the confrontation among the riparian states, largely due to construction and filling large-scale dams and the difficulty of trilateral cooperation in the face of non-state conflict.