Dam them All: On the Failure of Dams and Dam Building Frameworks
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- May 2017
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This is the Stanford University Program on International Relations Honors Thesis Collection. Students conduct a major independent research project under faculty guidance, submit a thesis at the end of their senior year., This is the Stanford University Program on International Relations Honors Thesis Collection. Students conduct a major independent research project under faculty guidance, submit a thesis at the end of their senior year.
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My thesis research concerns the relationship between resource scarcity and conflict, with a particular focus on South Africa and Lesotho's international water agreement, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The LHWP, as with many large dam projects, has been fraught with problems and the politics surrounding it have been contentious. My research details and analyzes the various factors that have hampered the LHWP, with particular emphasis on the role of private interests, financial incentives, poor infrastructure planning and water management. My findings ultimately argue that it is the framework through which we consider and approve dam projects that is flawed, and leads to pervasive flaws in their commissioning and construction. The known impacts of global climate change, including global warming and the increasing unpredictability of temperature and precipitation, both contribute to and compound these factors. As a result, the political repercussions of large dam projects like the LHWP will become increasingly salient and demand political responses.
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- Cavallo, Christine. (2017). Dam them All: On the Failure of Dams and Dam Building Frameworks. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: http://purl.stanford.edu/tr821gh3406
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