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Leveraging Water Scarcity to Pursue U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives
Global water scarcity concerns are recognized as national security concerns for the U.S. The riparian neighbors of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria are all affected by water scarcity dilemmas. Turkey's total control of the Tigris and Euphrates River Basin enhances Turkey's social, political and economic sway over Iraq and Syria. With the added effects of climate change, Iraq and Syria are experiences shortages of water contributing to drivers of social tension and instability. The U.S. has the capability and capacity to lead the world in a regional water initiative to stabilize the water crisis in Iraq. The U.S. in pursuit of strong policy measures to alleviate water scarcity issues in Iraq will uncover opportunities to promote U.S. interests and strengthen U.S. leadership in the Middle East.
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