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Archive for January, 2011

An Impending Hydro Flashpoint Between Pakistan and India?

Via Journal of Energy Security, a detailed look at the potential flashpoint in Pakistan – India relations over water: “Judging by recent political statements from Pakistan, water issues are being pitched politically and couched increasingly in the language of security vis-à-vis India. . .and for Pakistan hydropower is its second source of electricity.” Uttam Kumar […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Damming The Yarlung Zangbo (Brahmaputra)

Via China Dialogue, an excellent report on recent developments relating to the damming of the Yarlung Zangbo (known as the Brahmaputra when it reaches India), the last of China’s great rivers to remain undammed.  As the article notes: The rushing waters of the Yarlung Zangbo, the last of China’s great rivers to remain undammed, will […]

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Water Rich Latin America Is Thirsty For More

Via Water World, an interesting report on Latin America where the development of water and sanitation infrastructure has failed to keep up with the millions of Latin Americans migrating to urban areas over the years.  As the article notes: “…Latin America is water rich. With 500 million inhabitants or 8% of the world population distributed […]

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Tapping Spirituality to Help Resolve Global Water Conflicts

Courtesy of Knowledge at Wharton, a very interesting interview with Dr. Aaron Wolf, a professor of geography at Oregon State University and a trained mediator in conflict resolution who teaches mediation while his Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation weaves rational and spiritual philosophies into teaching about water resources management. As the article notes, […]

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Water as a Strategic Resource in the Middle East

Via Sustentator, an interesting article on water in the Middle East and the likelihood that it may provoke conflicts in the years ahead.  As the report notes: ‘The real wild card for political and social unrest in the Middle East over the next 20 years is not war, terrorism, or revolution—it is water. Conventional security […]

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