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David Michel is quoted in IRIN on conflicts over access to clean water

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Analysis: Water and conflict

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 April 2014 (IRIN) – In 2001 then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared: “Fierce competition for fresh water may well become a source of conflict and wars in the future.” A year later he revised that position, saying water problems could be a “catalyst for cooperation”.


“The water wars issue is more complicated than a direct parallel to other resources,” explained David Michel, director of the environmental security programme at The Stimson Centre, a peace and security research organization in Washington. “It’s important to make distinctions between the types of resources and the paths by which they can contribute to conflict,” he said.

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