Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
Water and Politics In Central Asia

Via The McGill International Review, an article on water and politics in Central Asia: “Water resources could become a problem in the future that could escalate tensions not only in our region, but on every continent,” former Uzbek president Islam Karimov famously told reporters in 2012. “I won’t name specific countries, but all of this could deteriorate […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Lavishes Cash On Cambodia With Eye On Mekong

Via Terra Daily, a report on China’s outreach to Cambodia with an eye on Mekong control: Beijing has pledged billions of dollars to build new infrastructure in Cambodia, officials said Thursday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ended a two-day charm offensive currying favour for its mega-dams across the Mekong. The storied waterway, which twists through […]

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Iran-Turkey Water Policy leaves Iraq Dry

Via Arab News, a report on Iran and Turkey’s impact on Iraq’s water supply: Iraq has been negotiating with Turkey and Iran to minimize the effects of the two countries’ water policies on its territories, Iraqi Deputy Minister of Water Resources Mahdi Rasheed told Arab News on Wednesday. Rasheed said that the talks were aimed […]

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Egypt-Sudan Spat Muddies Prospects for Deal on Nile Dam

Via Foreign Policy, a look at how talks are stalled over how to deal with the impact of a $5 billion dam that could threaten Egypt’s lifeblood: A diplomatic spat between Egypt and Sudan is spilling over into the long-running dispute over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile River, which Cairo sees as […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Flexes Its Control On The Mekong

Via The Asia Times, an article on how the recent Mekong-Lancang Cooperation summit did more to facilitate Beijing’s economic penetration than address the waterway’s many problems: Was it truly worth Chinese Premier Li Keqiang traveling all the way to Phnom Penh for the second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) summit? As the MLC leaders’ meeting closed on Wednesday, […]

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Egypt: Building Huge Water Treatment Plant Amid Supply Concerns

Via Terra Daily, a report on Egypt’s plan to build a major water treatment and desalination plant: Egypt is building a major water treatment and desalination plant, the president said Monday, as the Nile-dependent nation plans for any fallout from an upstream dam being built by Ethiopia. The North African country is constructing “the largest […]

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