This talk will focus on the nature of a state’s governing institutions and their impact on the solutions (and their feasibility) of international collective actions problems, specifically the emergence of international institutions that determine water rights among riparian countries. Yetim will present a case study analysis of the dispute over the Euphrates Conflict and explore the complex interaction of the transformation of governance structures and ecological changes in achieving efficient water resource management.
Muserref Yetim is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Program in International Relations at New York University. Raised in Istanbul, her research interests include natural resource conflict, international relations, international political economy, environmental conflict, and the political economies of the Middle East and Latin America. Her book, Negotiating International Water Rights: Resource Conflict in Turkey, Syria and Iraq, waspublished by IB Tauris in July 2016.