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Title ESDP Vol 3

Philip Jan Schäfer [Germany]: Human and Water Security in Israel and Jordan. SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace, vol. 3 (Heidelberg – Dordrecht – London – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2012).

ISBN (Print): 978-3-642-29298-9
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The work aims at answering the question as to how far discourses on human security are present in Jordan and Israel, if they converge and if political solutions for the issue of water security could be derived. The analysis is based on the assumption that from human security perspective common solutions for urgent problems can be derived more easily than out of a perspective of national security. Yet it is acknowledged that according to a new security perspective different security threats are being identified by relevant actors. An empirical analysis of written statements and utterances of the respective security elites establishes the methodological tool for the identification of human security discourses in Israel and Jordan. Subsequently it is estimated how far water is presented as a matter of national security in Israel and Jordan using the theory of securitization.


  • Introduction
  • The Concept of Security
  • Water Security
  • Securitization and Discourse
  • The Human Security Discourse in Jordan  The Human Security Discourse in Israel Securitization of Water in Jordan and Israel
  • Conclusion

Keywords: Human Security - Israel - Jordan - National Security - Political Discourse Analysis - Securitization - Water Security

About the author:

Philip Schäfer Philip Schäfer is a political scientist specializing on security policy and on the Near and Middle East. He graduated with a diploma degree from the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science of the Free University of Berlin. He travelled extensively in the Middle East, lived in Damascus, Cairo and Riyadh studying and improving his knowledge of Arabic. He currently works on Saudi Arabian foreign policy.