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Did five years of drought lead to two years of revolution in Syria?

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February 26, 2014
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Negotiators in Geneva might not have brought the conflict in Syria to an end last week, but new research explains how the 2006–10 drought contributed to its start.

Negotiators in Geneva might not have brought the conflict in Syria to an end last week, but work recently published by an academic from Radboud University in the Netherlands explains how the 2006-10 drought contributed to its start.

Writing in Middle Eastern Studies, Francesca de Chβtel makes it clear that "it was not the drought per se, but rather the government's failure to respond to the ensuing humanitarian crisis that formed one of the triggers of the uprising, feeding a discontent that had long been simmering in rural areas."

In her view, the situation now facing Syria is "the culmination of 50 years of sustained mismanagement of water and land resources." The "relentless drive to increase agricultural output and expand irrigated agriculture" blinded policy makers to the limits of the country's resources; overgrazing caused rapid desertification; the cancellation of subsidies for diesel and fertiliser as part of a botched transition to a social-market economy increased rural poverty; and countless families abandoned their farms for the cities in search of work.

In short, the "ongoing failure to rationalize water use and enforce environmental and water use laws" has depleted resources and caused "growing disenfranchisement and discontent in Syria's rural communities."

de Chβtel is particularly critical of the culture of secrecy that surrounds the subject of water within the Syrian government. She claims that a "fixation on water as a 'sensitive' issue has extended far beyond strategic considerations and covers all levels of water management. Water has become a taboo that is reluctantly discussed, not only in the public domain but also at government level."


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  1. Francesca de Chβtel. The Role of Drought and Climate Change in the Syrian Uprising: Untangling the Triggers of the Revolution. Middle Eastern Studies, 2014; 1 DOI: 10.1080/00263206.2013.850076

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