Managing the Waters of Baՙth Country: The Politics of Water Scarcity in Syria

@article{Barnes2009ManagingTW,
  title={Managing the Waters of Baՙth Country: The Politics of Water Scarcity in Syria},
  author={Jessica Barnes},
  journal={Geopolitics},
  year={2009},
  volume={14},
  pages={510 - 530}
}
  • J. Barnes
  • Published 18 August 2009
  • Political Science
  • Geopolitics
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