STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Water Security: A Discursive Analysis

Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • April 2005
    Volume: 
    29
    Issue: 
    2
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    Water resources continue to attract considerable attention and have increasingly become a significant feature of the world security environment. In order to locate water in the security continuum, it is necessary to revisit the debate on the traditional and non-traditional aspects of security. On the one hand, notions and images often conjured up when water issue is highlighted are often associated with concerns like national survival, inter and intra-state tension and the likelihood of “water wars”– the ‘securitisation’ of water. On the other hand, the security discourse also examines the necessity to ‘desecuritise’ waterrelated problems so as to reduce perception of threat and facilitate negotiations.

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