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Stefan Deconinck

Stefan Deconinck
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Ma. in International Relations
Researcher, analyst, based in Amman - Jordan. Fields of interest: environmental security, political hydrology

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Introduction
Political Hydrologist · Historian · Analyst Based in Amman, Jordan, I am a consultant with experience in policy-oriented research and analysis, teaching and training. Fields of interest: geopolitics, security (environmental security, human security, water conflicts), sustainable development · politics and security in Eastern Africa and the Middle East · terrorism, radicalisation and de-radicalisation · (maritime) history of the Indian Ocean
Additional affiliations
January 2012 - present
PolResearch
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • Political risk analysis: environmental change and security, regional conflicts, domestic politics - Eastern Africa, Middle East. Research on the gepoliitics of water scarcity. Based in Nairobi (Kenya) 2012-2017, Kampala (Uganda) 2017-2020, Amman (Jordan) from 2020.
November 2007 - December 2011
Royal Higher Institute for Defense
Royal Higher Institute for Defense
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Analysis of international political, military, technological, socio-economic, ideological and other trends that can have an impact on the rise, the development and the consequences of violent conflicts. Themes: Global jihad, Somali piracy, climate change and environmental security, Resolution 1325. Policy advice; organisation of workshops and conferences
June 2004 - October 2005
Ghent University
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • EurIndia project, on European-Indian historical and economic relations. Funded by the European Commission. Research on European-Indian textiles trade, 16th to 18th century. Focus on Coromandel Coast in South-East India.
Education
October 1992 - June 1996
Ghent University
Field of study
  • International Relations
October 1988 - August 1992
Ghent University
Field of study
  • Early Modern History

Publications

Publications (14)
Technical Report
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The hydrological cycle (or the natural water cycle) is often considered to be a rather simple story about water evaporating from the ocean, rain falling on land and rivers taking the water back to the ocean. But it is not. The water cycle is a more complex system and proper understanding of these complexities is essential to understand the challeng...
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Dit artikel belicht een aantal aspecten van de conflicten waarin de Kenianen momenteel zijn verwikkeld: de Keniaanse interventie in Somalië, de 'oorlog tegen terrorisme' tegen de militante islamistische groepering Al Shabaab en de gevolgen ervan voor de relaties tussen de Keniaanse overheid en de moslimbevolking.
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"Water conflicts" became a focus of attention in the 1990's, when environmental problems like water scarcity were expected to add to already sensitive geopolitical contexts in areas like the Middle East or Central Asia. As a result, water resources became a security concern, with corresponding policies of securitizing the solution to the problem of...
Technical Report
Momenteel draait de Somalische piraterij op volle toeren. In deze studie worden de elementen gesitueerd die hebben bijgedragen aan de opkomst van de Somalische piraterij en de voortdurende aanpassing aan wijzigende omstandigheden die het zo succesvol maken. Tevens wordt ingegaan op het belang van de Somalische piraterij als bedreiging van de intern...
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In the European and Belgian policy documents concerning adaptation to climate change, ‘security’ is approached in the first place from a non-military perspective. In line with that position and to prevent adding to the securitization of the issue of adaptation to climate change, in my recommendations I will not argue to extend the role of the Belgi...
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De “oorlog om water” is een fascinerend verhaal. Het beantwoordt aan een basisangst van de mens: in extreme omstandigheden zullen mensen vechten om het laatste restje water, om niet van ontbering om te komen. Verschillende indicatoren vertellen ons dat de omstandigheden inderdaad extremer worden: watervoorraden slinken, de bevolking groeit, de alte...
Technical Report
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The aim of this paper is to take a closer look at the reasons which lay behind the sensitive geopolitical context of the water of the Nile. It will situate the discourse on 'water wars' within the framework of securitization of water resources. This is further illustrated by the case of the Nile basin. Then we will explore the possibilities/necessi...
Book
De global jihad is een radicale vorm van politieke Islam of islamisme. Kenmerkend is het gebruik van geweld als middel om hun doelstellingen te bereiken. Jihadisten verwijzen naar jihad zoals dat bestaat binnen het islamitische recht, als legitimatie voor dit geweld. Islam vormt zo een laagje religieuze glazuur over een in essentie politieke ideolo...
Technical Report
In this contribution, we will discuss developments in jihad ideology. First, we will take the reader on a journey back in time, to frame the origin of doctrines concerning jihad in classical Islam and the fundaments of Islamic law. Then, we will focus on the emergence of political Islam, its radicalisation and the new doctrines on jihad that it bro...
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In August 2000, the Israeli government approved a long-term water policy document proposed by the Water Commissioner. The plan outlines the general framework for a water policy towards 2020. Within this period of time, Israel faces the challenge to cope with increasing water scarcity, as a result of the limited availability of natural water resourc...
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In this contribution, we connect internal and external water policies in Israel with issues that are related to the security of the state of Israel. For the case of external water policies, this connection seems obvious given the fact that water is a scarce resource and partly shared with hostile neighbouring countries. But at the same time, water...
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Pendant que nous rédigions la présente contribution et que les feux de la rampe éclairaient la guerre de l'armée israélienne contre les populations palestiniennes sévissant toujours en pleine violence, une situation extrêmement aigue de manque d'eau menaçait la région comme les années précédentes.

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Question
According to the 2012 OECD report "Environmental outlook to 2050. The consequences of inaction", the global share of water withdrawal for irrigation in 2050 was expected to drop to about 37.5% of the total withdrawal (from about 67% in 2000). Also in absolute figures, irrigation water withdrawal would drop by 14% (5% in lower income countries). Such concrete figures do not appear in other global reports (FAO, World Water Development Reports). Any ideas where I may find reliable updates for the prospects towards 2050?

Projects

Projects (3)
Archived project
EURINDIA is a 36 months project (2004-2006) co-funded by the European Commission under the Economic Cross Cultural Programme This project will focus specifically on the history of the economic relations (commercial, industrial, sea and land trade, etc.), in particular the history of map drawing and textile commerce from XVth century to present time. The aim is to highlight the historical cross relations between Europe and Asia by surveying, digitising and disseminating on the Internet a large corpus of common historical documents from public domain.