Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
The Cuban Water Crisis

Via the Miami Herald, a report on Cuba’s water crisis: Men sit on the steps and play a hand of cards, women chat outside barred windows, stray dogs missing tufts of fur trot by. Taxi drivers call it the last stop in Havana. The locals call the neighborhood El barrio de Jesus María. Up the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Addressing Water Insecurity in Central Asia – A Steppe on the One Belt, One Road Initiative?

Courtesy of Future Directions International, an interesting look at Key Points Central Asia is integral to Chinese efforts to increase its global connectivity. Natural resource constraints, including access to water, could undermine its influence in the region. Given the legacy of failed foreign water infrastructure in the region, any Chinese efforts to address water insecurity […]

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Environmental Concerns Unlikely To Threaten Chinese Plans To Dredge Thai Mekong

Via Future Directions International, an article on China’s plan to dredge the Mekong River: China’s plan to dredge the Mekong River to open the trade route to larger cargo ships has been met with protests in Thailand. As agreed by China, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, the project aims to improve cargo access to 630 kilometres […]

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Cape Town: Down to Its Last Drops

Via Future Directions International, a report on South Africa’s dire water crisis: The South African province of Western Cape is at serious risk of running out of water. Cape Town has experienced two years of its lowest-ever recorded rainfall and high summer temperatures. In early April, it was declared that the 26.2 per cent of […]

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A Global Water Grab

Courtesy of Al Jazeera, a detailed look at issues related to the theft of water resources in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia: Historically the source of many conflicts, water grabbing is the control and theft of water resources by the powerful, often at the expense of local populations and ecosystems. It can result in […]

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NATO Lawmakers Warn Global Warming Will Trigger “Dire” Water and Food Shortages

Via Bloomberg, an article on a recent NATO report warning of climate change’s impact on food and water in the Middle East and Africa: Lawmakers from nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are warning that global warming will lead to mass migration and conflict in the Middle East and Africa, another reason President Donald Trump […]

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