Yarmouk, Jordan, and Disi basins: Examining the impact of the discourse of water scarcity in Jordan on transboundary water governance

Hussam Hussein

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Extensive literature has shown the impact of water scarcity discourses on national policies, however the impact of water scarcity discourses on transboundary water governance has been overlooked. This article contributes to filling this gap by investigating the impact of the water scarcity discourse in the case of Jordan, specifically on three cases of transboundary water governance: the Yarmouk River, the Jordan River and the Disi Aquifer. This article shows that the water scarcity discourse is not enough to explain transboundary water governance, as it needs to be contextualized in the broader context, considering national security, regional geopolitics, inter-sectorial interests, and power asymmetries. This is particularly true when considering that the Arab region has most of its surface waters originating outside of its countries, and transboundary waters represent over two thirds of its overall water resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-289
Number of pages21
JournalMediterranean Politics
Issue number3
Early online date4 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2019


  • transboundary water governance
  • Jordan
  • Yarmouk River
  • Jordan river
  • Disi
  • transboundary water
  • Discourse Analysis

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