Hussein A. Amery

Division Director and Professor, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Dr. Hussein A. Amery is an Professor of International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines. He has served as Associate Provost of the university and as Director of his department. He has expertise in: -water and food security, -water risk assessment in the Gulf Cooperation Council  countries -human and environmental security, -trans-boundary water conflicts, -threats to critical infrastructure in the Arab Gulf States and the wider Middle East. -news media’s coverage of various types of events in the Middle East -geopolitics of oil, water and of other natural resources. -environmental and water management: national and trans-national issues -environmental conflict resolution: national and trans-national challenges -Islamic perspective on water management (water conservation in Islam etc) -Middle East culture, politics and history -politics (and security implications) of guest workers in the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council states. He just (2015) published a book titled: Arab Water Security: Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf States (Cambridge University Press).  He has also published a book on Water in the Middle East: A Geography of Peace (Texas University Press), and papers on themes such as the potential for water war, Islamic perspectives on the natural environment, water management in Lebanon, and on conflict resolution along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. His academic contributions were recognized by his selection (2005) as Fellow by the International Water Association.He has been a consultant to U.S. government agencies, Canada’s International Development and Research Center, and to American engineering firms.


H.A. Amery (2015) Arab Water Security: Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf States (Cambridge University Press)
H.A. Amery and A. T. Wolf (2000). Water in the Middle East: A Geography of Peace (Texas University Press)

Courses Taught

LAIS 339 International Political Economy Of The Middle East LAIS 488 Water Politics and Policy  LAIS 560 Global Geopolitics

Select Scholarship

(i) Books 2015. Water Security in the Arab World: Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf States. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. 2000. Water in the Middle East: A Geography of Peace.. Austin: University of Texas Press. (Co-edited with A.T.Wolf). (ii) Papers and Book Chapters Forthcoming (2016). Water Demand Management in the Arab Gulf States: Implications for Political Stability, in Water Security and Peacebuilding, Jean Cahan (ed.). Anthem Press. 2015. Ethical and Cultural Dimensions of Water Reuse: Islamic Perspectives. (With Marwan Haddad). Editor, Saeid Eslamian. Urban Water Reuse Handbook. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. 2013. Geopolitics of Water Scarcity, in Water and Food Security in the Arabian Gulf. The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. I.B. Tauris.  Pp.61-80. 2012. Water Security for Kuwait: Assessing the feasibility of water imports from Iran. International Journal for Hydrology Science and Technology (IJHST). 2(3): 292 305.

Contact Information

Office:  Stratton Hall 302/303
Tel. (303) 273-3339