The Jerusalem Water Group of the Hebrew University is organizing a Workshop entitled “The Securitization of the Water Discourse” and to be held on December 17-18 in Jerusalem. The key-note speakers at the workshop will be Aaron Wolf, François Molle, Eran Feitelson and Max Boykoff. The theme of the workshop is the securitization of the water issues and the impact such moves have on how water is imagined and managed. The securitization of water is a problematic issue because of its paradoxical outcomes. On the one hand, an issue becomes politically ‘hot’ and is easily put on the agenda of politicians when it is framed as a security matter. Indeed, the ‘water wars’, the issues of water scarcity, or the disasters such as the Aral Sea and the Rhine pollution have all been framed as security matters. On the other hand, once such a universally valued and often shared resource as water becomes a security matter — there is much less tolerance for the views of the other, much less humility in the face of differences of opinions, values and perceptions. If something is security, it is straight-forward and requires firm action. The securitization, thus, results in less negotiation space if one considers water policy as a process in which political adversaries struggle for their policy proposals and ideas. This paradox has been known in the natural resource management literature since the 1990s and is illuminated along with other security related issues in the recent paper by Fischhendler and Katz on this subject. What is new, is the renewal of the water security debate, to an extent that prominent water scholars, such as Peter Mollinga of the School for Oriental and African Studied (SOAS) of the University of London suggest that the dominant discourse of integrated resources management is giving way to water security. The meeting in Jerusalem will explore these questions as well as many others. One of the particularly important issues will be the discussion of the water issues between the Israel and Palestine. More information on the meeting can be obtained on the conference website. Farhad Mukhtarov of Delft University of Technology and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will attend the meeting and report from the major discussions and debates that will run there.