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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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In Kyrgyzstan, Warming Brings Less Water and More Conflict

Via Reuters, a report on rising water tension in Central Asia: In the Kyrgyz village of Kok Tal, it is the jarring sound of Bahadyr Mamatgapirov’s mobile phone that breaks the serenity of dawn. “Get here soon if you need water for your farm,” he abruptly tells one caller. Within moments it rings again. “Wake […]

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With Aral’s Death Irreversible, Central Asian Leaders Shift Focus to Setting a Market Price for Water

Via Window on Eurasia, a report on discussions of water sharing and use in Central Asia: For most of the past 25 years, the issue of saving the Aral Sea has dominated all discussions of water sharing and use in Central Asia. But now that the death of that sea has become irreversible, the leaders of […]

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Water: A Source Of Prosperity For Central Asia?

Via the Times of Central Asia, an article on the potential for water to help Central Asia develop: As Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe on June 20-21 hosted the High-Level International Conference Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028, we are publishing the following opinion article by Cyril Muller, the World Bank’s Regional Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, who […]

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Central Asia: Countries With Water Need Their Neighbors With Energy

Via Geopolitical Futures, an interesting article on Central Asian countries efforts to find solutions to internal regional problems such as water without Moscow’s help: Say what you will about the Soviets, but they really knew how to put the “union” in the Soviet Union. For all its faults, the union bound its constituent countries together, […]

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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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