Water and the Middle East: Perils, Politics and Possibilities

Instructors: Gidon Bromberg, Munqeth Mehyar, Sheri Sable

This three-part class will explore issues related to access and allocation of water resources in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula. We will discuss the most pressing and innovative strategies and projects currently underway that, through regional and international alliances and partnerships address topics such as how water is allocated, who has access and how the region is working together to solve shared environmental concerns, regional conflict mitigation and the pursuit of democratic values and human rights. The course will focus on the Jordan Valley, The Dead Sea, the Nexus of Climate Change and Water and the development of a regional Master Plan. This Master Plan will assist in the development of a regional World Heritage Site to ensure a long-term and sustainable post Oslo- platform for innovation, research and diplomacy. Similarities between these water-related topics in the Middle East to those currently facing California will also be presented.

Guest speakers for this Course Series will include:

  • Gidon Bromberg, J.D., Israel Director, EcoPeace Middle East
  • Munqeth Mehyar, Jordanian Director, EcoPeace Middle East

Three Evenings — at 7:30pm

  • Wednesday, May 4
  • Thursday, May 5
  • 3rd evening TBD

Dates & Times:

Three Evenings: Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5; Third evening TBD