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The Potential for Conflict: India, Pakistan and Afghanistan’s New Dam

Via Future Directions International, an interesting article on the potential impact of a new dam in south Asia: Afghanistan is currently experiencing below-average levels of rain and snowfall. The adverse weather conditions, and a rapidly increasing population, have exacerbated the need for Kabul to secure new water infrastructure. In a move that could reduce flows […]

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Deadly Water Disputes Intensify in Central Asia as Glaciers Melt

Via Circle of Blue, a look at Central Asian water tensions: In Central Asia, small-scale water conflicts flare frequently along the jigsaw borders that separate Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Sometimes, these disagreements turn deadly. Under Soviet rule, water-rich Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan provided much of the water needed for the region’s agriculture, which is fed by canals […]

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The Parched Tiger: Afghanistan’s Rivers Could Be India’s Next Weapon Against Pakistan

Via Foreign Policy, an article on New Delhi’s efforts to fund an ambitious dam near Kabul that could reduce water flow to its rival downstream, a project that might spark the world’s next conflict: Most of Afghanistan is currently experiencing a 60 percent drop in the rain and snowfall needed for food production. The rapid expansion of Kabul’s […]

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Drought, Conflict and Regional Unrest Producing Dire Consequences for Afghan Food Security

Via Future Directions International, an article on the impact of drought on Afghanistan’s food and physical security: Along with worsening conflict and a precarious economic outlook, one of the worst droughts in decades is compounding food insecurity in Afghanistan, especially in the north and west of the country. A La Niña event has caused a […]

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Hindu Kush Himalayas: A Highly Sensitive Water Tower

Via China Water Risk, an interesting interview on the Hindu Kush Himalayas: China Water Risk (CWR): Thank you for your expert contribution to our report and its launch. To start us off, what is the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region? Can you briefly outline why it is so important to the future of Asia’s economy? Dr […]

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Is Water Scarcity a Bigger Threat Than the Taliban in Afghanistan?

Via The Diplomat, a look at how water scarcity — not war — is a rising cause for displacement in Afghanistan: The United Nations has stated that water scarcity — not war — is a rising cause for displacement in Afghanistan. There are 1.5 million Afghans, approximately 4 percent of the population, that are displaced and […]

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