Water control in the Middle East, first conference of the Aula Mediterrània 2019-2020 cycle

15 October 2019 | Press release

This Wednesday, October 23, the expert on water resources of the Middle East, Aysegul Kibaroglu, offers in Barcelona the conference “Water diplomacy in the Middle East”.

“Water diplomacy in the Middle East” is the inaugural conference of the new cycle of conferences Aula Mediterrània 2019-2020, organized for the fifth year by the IEMed in collaboration with a dozen university master’s degrees.

The conference will be given by Aysegul Kibaroglu, an expert on water resources policies in a region where 60% of water, a scarce commodity, comes from rivers flowing along the borders of countries with low cooperation in shared water management.

Kibaroglu is a lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and International Relations at MEF Istanbul University, and is an expert in water resources management policies in the Turkish-Iraqi region. She published Turkey’s Water Policy (Berlin, Springer, 2011) in 2011 and Building a Regime for the Waters of the Euphrates-Tigris River (Springer, 2002).

It is the first session of a new series of conferences to better understand the Mediterranean today. In 24 conferences that will take place until May 2020, delivered by international experts, such issues as the socio-political situation of countries such as Morocco, Jordan or Libya, cross-cutting issues such as migration, refugees, the prominence of women or the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran will be analysed.