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7212 -- MENNIKEN, TIMO

Konflikt und Kooperation am Mekong. Internationale Politik an grenzüberschreitenden Wasserläufen
(Southeast Asian modernities 6)
Münster: Lit Verlag 2006
197 pp., Euro 19.90; ISBN 3-8258-9727-3
Keywords: conflict over water, water conflicts, Mekong water management, regime theory, Bernauer, T., cross-border rivers, river water distribution, distribution of water

Conflict and cooperation along the Mekong. International politics at cross-border rivers
The global water crisis, foretold since the 1970s, has becomes visible in regional water scarcity in some areas, and "wars for water" are discussed. This can be avoided by political regulations serving a more meaningful and just distribution of water resources which is shown in the case of the Mekong delta, using T. Bernauer"s regime theory. Institutionally and politically the Mekong regime is rated a success by Menniken but actual cooperation processes will show if it works, and the author opines that this will be the case under conditions of a "balance of powers" only. Two appendices include geophysical and socio-economic characteristics of the Mekong Delta, and a detailed list of literature and documents.

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