Is Water Scarcity Dampening Growth Prospects in the Middle East and North Africa?

Brookings: As turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa region mounts, concerns for water scarcity seem remote in light of deteriorating humanitarian and political circumstances. Yet, the roots of political rebellion in Syria are integrally linked with access to water resources[1] and rising water scarcity is viewed by some as the Achilles heel of higher growth prospects for the region as a whole. Figure 1. Renewable Internal Freshwater Resources Per Capita, Select Countries (cubic meters) Dwindling......

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