Environmental Cooperation in Conflict-Prone Areas

  • Šárka Waisová
Keywords: environmental cooperation, cooperation in conflict areas, China, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Israel, Palestinian Authority, South Korea, North Korea, Thailand, Cambodia


A decade ago there emerged the idea that environmental cooperation is able to initiate and sustain a dialogue between the parties of a conflict and facilitates conflict transformation and peacebuilding. This article tests three hypotheses which stipulate conditions and effects of environmental cooperation in conflict-prone areas. The article shows that environmental cooperation can emerge even during a conflict, but only at a time when the intensity of the violence is low. The emergence and development of environmental cooperative projects also depends on the support of external actors, and the intensity of environmental cooperations in conflict-prone areas remains weak even after many years.

Author Biography

Šárka Waisová

Born in 1978, she studied Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University, the Department of Political Science and European Studies at Palacky University in Olomouc and the Universities of Marburg and Dresden. She works at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the Philosophical Faculty at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. She also teaches at Metropolitan University Prague. She deals mainly with issues related to security and conflict resolution in her research.

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