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Archive for December, 2017

Parched For A Price: Karachi’s Water Crisis

Via Al Jazeera, a report on how residents of Karachi, one of the largest cities in the world, are being held hostage by a ‘mafia’ that makes millions of dollars out of their need for water: Orangi is a maze, a spider’s web of narrow, winding lanes, broken roads and endless rows of small concrete […]

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The Parched Tiger: In Kashmir, India and Pakistan Race to Tap the Himalayas

Via The Times of India, an article on India and Pakistan’s rivalry on the Neelum River which underlines both countries’ unquenchable need for freshwater: Several hundred metres underground, thousands of labourers grind away day and night on a mammoth hydroelectric project in contested Kashmir, where India and Pakistan are racing to tap the subcontinent’s diminishing […]

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Egypt: Leverage Over The Nile Washes Away

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at the impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Egypt: Highlights Egypt will continue to maintain an aggressive tone against Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in an attempt to force Ethiopia to capitulate to Cairo’s demands, but the dam will be completed. Over the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Troubled Waters In Tibet

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at the Highlights It is unlikely that India and China will wage an all out war over water sources in disputed territory, but verbal sparring between the two will intensify in 2018. For now, the dispute will be more a reflection of broader geopolitical dynamics than a […]

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Water Diplomacy: Most Pressing Matter In West Asia

Via The Iran Project, commentary on the importance of water diplomacy in Asia: Iran’s deputy FM Araghchi stressed the importance of ‘water diplomacy’ in West Asia, calling for a strategic approach toward water shortage in this region. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi addressed the Seminar of Environmental Risks and Regional Security in West Asia in […]

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Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Near Reservoir Agreement

Via Eurasianet, a report on Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are nearing definitive agreement over how to share a disputed reservoir near the border in another sign of warming relations between the countries. Kasan-sai reservoir was the focus of tense standoff in 2016 that culminated in state-sanctioned kidnappings and armed confrontations. Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan on December 13 […]

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