Importance About Natural Resources Like Water

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How do natural resources like water become important enough for states to consider them as potential issues of national security? Will population growth and shrinking global water assets eventually lead to conflict, or will states develop better means of providing water for their populations, and cooperating with other nations in the future? Please provide specific examples.

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Water Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink
The links between the United States foreign policy, oil, and war are well known.
However, national resources such as rivers, gracious, lakes etc. are not considered as aspects of
national security, but whether a commodity for trade or for the public good, these resources

determine whether the future is peaceful or perilous. Many states overlook water as an important
issue driving stability and safety in many regions. Directly or indirectly, water causes food
shortages, migrations, transcend national boundaries and general destabilization of a state.
According to AlterNet, Americans use water wastefully more than oil. The U.S relies on nonrenewable groundwater to curb verging water crisis which is only 50% of the daily use. 36 states
American states face serious water shortages due to dwindling water supplies, inequitable water
access and corporate water control (Barlow & Magazine, 2008)...

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