Managing conflict and co-operation around natural resources – such as water, oil, and gas – is a key task of diplomacy. The task is to either find ways to meaningfully and beneficially collaborate by sharing and protecting resources, or solve conflicts around resources. Given that many natural resources form an important part of national interests and are key to the future development, if not survival, of states, the diplomacy of natural resources is of critical importance.
In our November WebDebate, we zoom in on the Middle East region and shed further light on water and energy as key resources. Access to – and use of – water has become a critical question in the region and a source of conflict. The effects of climate change will only exacerbate the tensions. The task of diplomats is to lessen tensions and to find ways of ensuring collaboration and peaceful coexistence around shared water resources. The geopolitics of energy in the region – in particular gas and oil pipelines – also raises diplomatic challenges. Energy politics is a source of both conflict and co-operation in the region. In addition, given the far-reaching consequences of this issue, the strategies of other major countries are also noteworthy – among them the USA, Turkey, and Russia.
In the WebDebate we are joined by Lutine De Boer, who is an expert on water management in the region, and Setaita Tupua, who will focus on the politics of oil and gas,
Join us online on Tuesday, 5th November at 12:00 UTC (13:00 CET). Register to attend this event.
Lutine F. de Boer is a senior advisor on environmental policy, urban planning, and water for the Dutch regional government and is currently working with the regional waterboard on the implementation of the Dutch National Climate Adaptation Strategy. In 2005, she completed Masters programmes in both Civil Law and Environmental Policy from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2015, Lutine graduated from the Contemporary Diplomacy programme (MA) at the University of Malta (Diplofoundation) with distinction. She wrote her thesis dissertation on regional water co-operation in the Arab/Israeli conflict.
Setaita Tupua-Kalou worked in Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over nine years covering both trade and foreign policy areas. As director of Political Treaties, she presided as Chair of Fiji’s Maritime Affairs Coordinating Committee where Fiji signed maritime boundary treaties with Tuvalu and France in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Setaita holds a BA in Economics from the University of the South Pacific. She began her Master in Contemporary Diplomacy studies with DiploFoundation and University of Malta during her diplomatic posting in Belgium in 2012. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.