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Central Asia: Water Scarcity and Climate Change Threats

Via The Diplomat, interesting commentary on the threat facing Central Asia from water scarcity and climate change: Central Asian countries have a long list of potential security challenges: economic recession, the return of foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, ethnic and political violence, and the spillover of the conflict in Afghanistan. This list is not […]

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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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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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Importance Of Water In Central Asia’s Development

Via The Times of Central Asia, a report on the importance of water for development in Central Asia: Mitigating the increases in floods, droughts, melting glaciers and other climate change-related effects requires coordinated action at the national, regional, and global levels, said Cyril Muller, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, during his […]

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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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