One of the Water Network's newest groups will hopefully be one of its most dynamic. There is few regions in the world that more clearly show the range of challenges facing modern water managers than the Middle East. At the same time, the greatest challenges frequently create the most innovative solutions. By examining water issues in the Middle East, we are in touch with some of the cutting-edge thinking and initiatives related to water use and decision making. Let's use this thread to raise general topics and concerns. We can subsequently create additional discussion threads in order to pursue topics in greater depth.