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The Soviet Water Legacy in Central Asia

Via The Diplomat, a look at the complex Soviet legacy in Central Asia’s water and energy infrastructure: The Soviet water and energy legacy has been a painful issue for the countries of Central Asia for a long time. But the dynamics of relations between the countries of the region in the last five years demonstrate […]

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Kyrgyz Farmers Battered By Drought

Via Eurasia, a report on Kyrgyz farmers suffering from the nation’s drought: It was 35 degrees Celsius outside. A hazy mirage shimmered over the hot summer soil in Petrovka, a village in the northern Kyrgyzstan region of Chui.  A sharp bout of torrential rain had soaked the fields a day before a recent Eurasianet visit, but […]

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Anger, Frustration Increase As Central Asia’s Drought Continues

Via Radio Free Europe, an article on Central Asia’s drought: Most of Central Asia is experiencing an extreme drought this year, and the people there know that all too well. They swelter in scorching heat and record temperatures amid a severe lack of rain. But that does not stop them from looking for someone to […]

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Military Clashes in Central Asia Over Water Likely to Grow

Via Window on Eurasia, an article on water stress in Central Asia: The military conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan was in the first instance about the lack of agreement between the two countries over control of water flows. That conflict cost 55 dead and about 300 wounded and forced tens of thousands of people to […]

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Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan: Solving Water Puzzle Key to Preventing Fresh Fighting

Via EurasiaNet, a report on Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s water tensions: Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan may be inching closer than ever to hashing out a border delimitation deal that will end decades of territorial ambiguity.  Less talk has been devoted, however, to the mechanisms for sharing and managing precious water resources. Until that happens, deadly conflict like […]

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Water and Land Disputes Turn Violent Along Ambiguous Kyrgyz-Tajik Border

Via Circle of Blue, a report on water disputes along the ambiguous Kyrgyz-Tajik border: The border shared by Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is a strip of hard-edged hills and scoured ridges. Apricot orchards occupy scarce flatlands and oxen graze on thinning fields of green. Nearly half of the 600-mile border remains unofficial and non-delineated, a Soviet-era […]

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