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Former Soviet Union

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Environmental Freshwater Resources And Conflict: Case Studies From The Former Soviet Union, Thomas Conrad Scott Jan 2015

Environmental Freshwater Resources And Conflict: Case Studies From The Former Soviet Union, Thomas Conrad Scott

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Natural resources have become a factor of interest in conflict. Unfortunately scholars and policymakers alike choose to focus on oil and natural gas, not freshwater, even when freshwater resources play a significant role in their conflict of interest. Utilizing a theoretical logic developed from Jane Dawson's "resource-identity" model of conflict, freshwater resources are understood to be fundamental factors in the causation of conflicts as well as in the strategy and tactics used within the conflict. Case studies from Central Asia, Georgia-Abkhazia, and Russian intervention demonstrate this in the Former Soviet Union.