Date

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Adviser

Gillroy, John M.

Other advisers/committee members

Gillroy, John M.; Grigoryan, Arman; Morris, Donald

Abstract

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.

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