chapter  7
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Regional Hazardous Waste Management in the Middle East: Compliance and Confidence Building in Implementing Peace

Environmental problems can at the same time appear both immensely irrelevant and of unique potential to the peace process. On the one hand, the environment must wait: it comes in an international Maslovian hierarchy of needs after peace is made, trade is engaged, economic relations are fumly established. That would be traditional. In some ways, too, concern about the environment seems soft, almost silly, in a context of hard-nosed negotiations among peoples who have been at war for years.