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Exploring friendship in hydropolitics: The case of the friendship dam on the Asi/Orontes river

Publication date2023-05-11

“Friendship dams” are an explicit, yet underexplored, materialization of hydropolitics that illustrate the potential role of water in international cooperation. Via a case study analysis of the Syria-Turkey Friendship Dam project proposed for the Asi/Orontes river, we trace the process of cooperation that led to the use of this notion of “friendship” in transboundary cooperation. Using a transversal analysis of different phases of cooperation and non-cooperation, we consider broad, big-picture political and diplomatic factors related to water and beyond. Our analysis shows that two key variables shaped how water was used as an instrument of cooperation in this case: (1) security and (2) the dynamics of international cooperation undertaken by the riparians, namely Turkey. The friendship dam label can be considered a manifes- tation of strategic international friendship that the two riparian countries invoked to achieve security and bilateral cooperation.

  • Friendship dam
  • Hydropolitics
  • Syria
  • Transboundary
  • Turkey
  • Water
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HAEMMERLI, Hannah, BRETHAUT, Christian, EZBAKHE, Fatine. Exploring friendship in hydropolitics: The case of the friendship dam on the Asi/Orontes river. In: Environmental policy and governance, 2023. doi: 10.1002/eet.2058
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