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dc.contributor.advisor Natarajan, Usha Fatli, Tiba 2018-05-16T10:11:32Z Spring 2018 en_US 2018-05-16
dc.description.abstract This thesis argues that water scarcity causes significant displacement in Iraq’s southern region. It makes two related sub-points. First, in addition to local factors, international and transnational factors contribute to water scarcity and attendant displacement in Southern Iraq. Second, the stakeholders – whether displaced populations, local government officials, federal policy makers, non-governmental organizations or international development organizations – focus on particular factors of water scarcity rather than addressing the causes holistically. In general, researchers and policy-makers underestimate or neglect water-related causes of displacement, not only in Iraq but globally. Even when addressed, emphasis is placed on local and national causes, without contextualizing the relationship between internal and external factors. This thesis asks for more attention to be paid to how national, international, and transnational factors operate alongside and in relation to each other. Effective policies also need to understand how displaced persons perceive these factors because their lived experiences often differ from institutionalized international narratives on resource management. Ultimately, policy-making will be more effective at all levels by better understanding the water-related reasons for displacement in the national, international, and transnational contexts in an interrelated way. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The process of completing this degree and thesis was not an easy one for a number of reasons, and at times, I found myself frustrated and on the verge of quitting. But in these moments, I found individuals who helped me stay grounded: To my advisor: Dr. Usha Natarajan, whose work, guidance and passion made this thesis possible. Her critiques and teaching methods pushed me to engage with migration and environmental studies in a critical and productive way. Most importantly, Dr. Natarajan pushed me to think of my own role and my existence in an unequal and unjust world. To my readers: Dr. Abdualmeer Al Dafar who pushed me to do fieldwork and supported me during the process. And Dr. Shahjahan Bhuiyan for his kindness and feedback on the thesis. To Iraq: To Nature Iraq advocates, Jassim Al Asadi, Laith Al Obadi and Ahmed Saleh, who made southern Iraq a home during my fieldwork. To the communities in southern Iraq that shared with me their lived experiences and gave me a life-long supply of tea. To family and friends: Baba and Mama, you crossed rivers and continents to see me succeed. Thank you. My sibling, Hajir, Jaafar, Hamoody and Faidh, for their laughter and support. To the bright, strong and kind women in my life who keep me sane, Claire M., Ayah Abo Basha, and Zerrin Holla. To my partner, Zander Pellegrino, for his support, love and kindness. To Diana for her insightful and great feedback throughout the thesis writing process. To Banan Abdulrahman: the strong woman of color who has challenged me in many ways, kept me grounded and reminded me of my abilities. The woman who made Cairo home by her mere presence and who gives me hope in an unjust and an unequal world. I am forever grateful for your heart, mind and soul. In the words of Arundhati Roy, “another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” A just world is only possible because people like Banan exist. en_US
dc.format.extent 120 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Migration en_US
dc.subject Environmentally-induced displacement en_US
dc.subject Southern Iraq en_US
dc.subject Water en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Water scarcity and population displacement in southern Iraq: Perceptions and reality en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Migration and Refugee Studies en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Center for Migration and Refugee Studies en_US
dc.embargo.lift 2020-05-15T10:11:32Z
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Al Dafar, Abdulameer
dc.contributor.committeeMember Bhuiyan, Shahjahan

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