Sowers to Investigate Environmental Infrastructure Targeting in Middle Eastern Wars

Sowers to Investigate Environmental Infrastructure Targeting in Middle Eastern Wars

Jul 03, 2017
The conflict in Syria has destroyed much of the country’s water infrastructure-Credit Bigstock

The Gerda Henkel Stiftung Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to Jeannie Sowers, UNH associate professor of political science, Erika Weinthal at Duke University, and Neda Zawahri at Cleveland State University to analyze how water, energy and sanitation infrastructures are targeted in ongoing warfare in the Middle East and North Africa.

The research team seeks to understand the tactics of this type of warfare, why infrastructure targeting is carried out and who the perpetrators are. They will also examine how international law attempts to address these practices, how international humanitarian organizations are responding to changes in warfare, and how repeated destruction of infrastructure impacts a nation’s ability to function and rebuild.

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