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British Journal of Applied Science & Technology, ISSN: 2231-0843,Vol.: 21, Issue.: 5

 

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Graph Model Conflict Resolution Approach for Jordan River Basin Dispute

 

 

Ahmed E. Al-Juaidi1* and Tarek Hegazy2

1Department of Civil Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

 

Abstracts

 

This paper aims to establish a practical conflict resolution mechanism and applies it to solve the strategic long-term dispute for Jordan River Basin. The paper starts with a brief history of the Jordan River Basin dispute. The paper then presents a game theoretic approach based on the Graph Model technique for conflict resolution, to investigate the Jordan River Basin dispute, considering the complex socio-political aspects involved. The proposed model of defines the courses of actions available to all the involved stakeholders along with their preferences among them. Accordingly, the model applies stability and sensitivity analyses to propose an optimum resolution to the conflict and to examine the sensitivity of such resolution to the uncertainty in stakeholders’ preferences. In this study, three scenarios were investigated with different coalition possibilities among different countries, as follow: (i) Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan; (ii) Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine; and (iii) Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. The results suggest that the best resolution for all parties is through combined water and peace treaties. The results also indicate that a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine is the best resolution to the conflicts. The application of the Graph model in this paper shows its practicality and ability to provide each decision maker with a simulation environment to examine the actions and counteractions that take place during the negotiation among the different parties.

 

Keywords :

Water disputes; conflict resolution; graph model; decision support system; multiple criteria decision analysis; Jordan River Basin.

 

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DOI : 10.9734/BJAST/2017/32446

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