ISBN 9780198099192,Water, Peace and War

Water, Peace and War



Oxford University Press

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780198099192

ISBN-10 0198099193

Paper Back

Number of Pages 241 Pages
Language (English)


The water crisis has a vast and unseen effect on global relations. Brahma Chellaney, an established geostrategist, talks about how wars over water can be prevented or mitigated. The price of bottled water is rising, and is higher than the cost of fuel in some countries. Controlling water is as much of a political strategy as controlling fossil fuels, if not a greater weapon. It might not strike one to think of water like one thinks of tanks and missles, but it is still a very lucrative weapon. Water wars are already taking place, and have been taking place throughout history. In this nontechnical account, the writer explains how water challenges, draughts and famines caused by them, lead to friction between countries. Water controls as many spheres of governance as it does life, and without proper care, countries will fall to their knees for a glass of water.

About Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is an Indian strategist and analyst studying geostrategic trends. He has also written: Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India and Japan, Water: Asia's New Battleground, and From Arms Racing to "Dam Racing" in Asia.

A graduate of Hindu College, University of Delh and the Delhi School of Economics, he worked at the Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and the Australian National University