DAM WARS: How Water Scarcity Helped Create ISIS – by Quentin de Pimodan

quentin-portraitDAM WARS: How Water Scarcity Helped Create ISIS
by Quentin de Pimodan
December 12, 2016

Quentin de Pimodan sent me this interesting paper on ISIS and water wars. He writes:

I have finally completed my paper that proves that ISIS emerged thanks to the catastrophic water management and policies implemented in Iraq since Saddam ruled. It has been published by the Greece-based Think Tank, The Research Institute for European and American Studies.


I explain that the Agricultural economy in Iraq collapsed a long time ago. Then the harsh natural environment of Iraq is connected to the regional battle over water resources, the failure of the water policies, the huge mistakes made in writing the 2005 Iraqi Constitution, how this precipitated the rise of ISIS and their strategy to control dams, and the failure of the counter-insurgency efforts. Then I highlight priorities and end with some predictions.


IRAQ-SECURITY/MOSUL-DAM (Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)

The paper is long, but I think that I have managed to prove my point. I have used approximately 200 sources including international organizations’ data, NGOs, or journalists’ articles.

Quentin de Pimodan
studied engineering in Paris and then for several years worked for a French publishing house that focuses on explaining national and international administrations to young audiences. He spent a year in Yemen in 2008 and based in Bahrain for two years in Bahrain in 2014 he co-authored “The Khaleej Voice”, a six books series documenting the urban artists in the GCC. He currently works as an analyst for Katch & Reyners, a public affairs company based in Paris and contributes to Greece-based thin-tank, the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).
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Comments (8)

Ghufran said:

I know it is sexy to suggest that the regime and iran created isis and we obviously talked about this few times. Islamist thugs are everybody’s prostitutes, they were pimped by the U.S. in Afghanistan, israel with Hamas, syria and Iran after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the list goes on and on.
Isis and its sisters are monsters you can create but you can not control and may come back to bite you, those monsters are producible because of Wahhabism and islamism, they thrived in the muslim world and among Muslims because of poverty, oppression and foreign intervention. To simplify the matter just to make one side look bad is intellectual dishonesty, isis is a baby with many dads !!

December 12th, 2016, 8:45 am


jo6pac said:

Ghufran said:

Thank You

December 12th, 2016, 5:37 pm



Back in the Ramadan of 2012 Aleppo was taken hostage into the hands of worst terrorists and looters on the face of this earth.

There’s no sound louder than the Syrian Arab Army crushing those rats.

From Virginia this is Aleppo ✌.

December 13th, 2016, 9:12 am


Syrialover said:

A reminder – this is what is happening at this moment in Eastern Aleppo under Assad.


For those pro-Assadists here who cheer them on, remember that people who do these atrocities also end up damaged and debased – like yourselves. They are doing your dirty work.

December 13th, 2016, 2:48 pm


Syrialover said:

And this – how Assad “wins”, fighting against civlilians.


Thanks to Putin’s airpower, this and civilian massacres are now taking place big time inside Eastern Aleppo.

I challenge the pro-Assadists here to give us their proud reasons and rationale for why this is done.

December 13th, 2016, 3:04 pm


Syrialover said:

For every proud Assad supporter who is strutting around in safety and comfort in the west, I would love to see these images screened with their name on it, in their workplace, their place of residence.

Starting with the UN, on big screens throughout the building and outside with “Syrian Representative” Bashar Jaafari, Putin and Assad given star billing.

December 13th, 2016, 3:12 pm


Akbar Palace said:


I am hoping the tide will change once Trump is in office. I am optimistic.

December 14th, 2016, 11:20 am


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