Politics of the Dead Sea Canal: a historical review of the evolving discourses, interests, and plans

Hussam Hussein

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This article explores how the idea of a canal connecting the Dead Sea with either the Red Sea or the Mediterranean Sea has evolved. It analyzes the proposals, the official interests, and the undeclared reasons. It provides a critical understanding of the discourses behind the complex hydro-political dynamics in a changing and contested topography within the context of a wider geopolitical conflict. This study sheds lights on the relations between interests, discourses, and the canal project. This study contributes to the literature on water history by shedding light on the evolving relations between interests, discourses, and the canal project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-542
Number of pages16
JournalWater International
Issue number5
Early online date5 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Dead Sea
  • Jordan
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Jordan Valley
  • hydropolitics

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