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The Middle East is very poorly endowed with freshwater: the region ran out of water resources to meet its strategic needs-for domestic and industrial use as well as for food production-in 1970. Despite depleted water resources and growing water demand pushed by population growth, international relations over water have, if anything, become less tense since 1970. The reason is that water has been available on the international market in the form of "virtual water." Indeed, economies that candoi:10.1353/sais.2002.0027 fatcat:ajlt35z4t5arlkzrm6ctt5ovzu