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Will Tajikistan Turn Water Into Oil?

Via Fergana News, a report on Tajikistan’s recent decision to sell water to China: Tajikistan has decided to do what has been said for many years, but that has not been done for one reason or another. Dushanbe will start selling its water abroad – Beijing will partner. Tajikistan’s Orienbank signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Chinese company […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Tajikistan to Sell Water to China, Upsetting a Delicate Balance in Central Asia

Via Window On Eurasia, a report on  a plan for Tajikistan to sell water to China: Tajikistan, a water-rich but otherwise natural resources-poor country, has agreed to sell water to China, a move it has talked about for many years but has been constrained from doing because of the possible consequences of doing so for […]

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Urban Drought Forces Iran To Seek Resolution

Courtesy of The Source, a report on Iran’s urban water crisis: Protests that began in the Iranian cities of Khorramshahr and Abadan over poor water quality have led to promises by the energy minister of a resolution this month. The cities’ municipal water supplies have been affected by drought and a rise in salinity since […]

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As Afghanistan’s Water Crisis Escalates, More Effective Water Governance Could Bolster Regional Stability

Via the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, an article on Afghanistan’s water crisis and possibility of hydro-diplomacy to help: “Kabul be zar basha be barf ne!” This ancient proverb—“May Kabul be without gold rather than snow”—refers to snowmelt from the Hindu Kush Mountains, a primary source of Afghanistan’s water supply. To recover from years of […]

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Kenya Digs Deep to Research Underground Water Reserves

Courtesy of Future Directions International, an article on Kenya’s efforts to tap into groundwater to address their water scarcity situation: Background Kenya experiences a large degree of water insecurity. The Kenyan Government currently maintains a water-rationing policy in the capital, Nairobi, and is expected to do so until 2026. Nairobi’s main dam, the Ndakaini dam, supplies […]

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Pakistan: Confronting Gwadar’s Water Crisis

Via Future Directions International, a look at the city of Gwadar’s water crisis: The city of Gwadar, located in the south-western Balochistan region of Pakistan, is currently suffering a water crisis that will inevitably be exacerbated by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The CPEC is an artery of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with Gwadar […]

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