With sea levels rising at a disturbing rate, it may not seem conceivable that water could ever run out. But right now, across the globe, conflict is breaking out over this most essential of natural resources. And these conflicts are only growing.

A decade ago, the thinking was that hydropolitics – the politics of water – would perhaps become an issue at some point in the far future. We would, the theory went, eventually shift our squabbling over oil on to water instead. Only we got the timescales wrong: that time is now. It is estimated that in less than 10 years’ time, more than half the world’s population will face water vulnerability.

Join Dr Afshin Shahi, expert in international relations and Middle East politics, as he explains that looking deeper into the current conflicts will reveal water at the heart of everything. The stuff of life has become something we will fight to the death over.


About The Speaker

Afshin Shahi

Dr Afshin Shahi is a senior lecturer in Middle East politics and International Relations at Bradford University. He is a multilingual scholar and his research interests encompass sectarianism and the politics and security of the Middle East, with a particular focus on political Islam. He is the author of Politics of Truth Management in Saudi Arabia (Routledge 2013), and co-author of the forthcoming book, Iran: the Shia State and the Sunni Minority.