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Can An Uzbek-Kyrgyz Border Deal Ease Regional Water Woes?

Via Foreign Brief, a look at whether an Uzbek-Kyrgyz border deal can ease regional water tensions: On March 25, the Prime Ministers of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan signed a treaty that, according to the head of Kyrgyzstan’s security service, fully resolves all remaining bilateral territorial disputes. KEY INSIGHTS – Bilateral border and water-power sharing agreements will help to mitigate […]

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What Does China’s BRI Mean for Central Asia’s Water Future?

Via Eurasianet, a report that the Belt and Road Initiative could exacerbate Central Asia’s water tensions, and Beijing seems to have thought little about the risks: For Central Asia, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the biggest infrastructure drive in generations. And like the Soviet mega dams, mines, and devastating cotton monoculture that preceded it, the BRI […]

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Chinese Hydroelectric Investments In Central Asia

Via Eurasianet, a look at China’s hydroelectric investments in Central Asia: Any investor wishing to stay friendly with all five Central Asian republics knows to steer clear of major hydropower projects. When the five countries were part of the Soviet Union, interdependence worked: Moscow built some of the world’s tallest dams in upstream Kyrgyzstan and […]

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Transboundary Waters of Central Asia: the Role of Kyrgyzstan in Saving the Aral Sea

Via the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, a look at how Kyrgyzstan’s views on how to manage the water resources formed on its territory are at variance with the provisions determined by the Aral Sea Saving Fund: From the beginning of its independence, Kyrgyzstan begins to formulate a policy for the management of water resources […]

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Using Technology and Markets To Solve Water Scarcity In post-Soviet States

Via Smart Water Magazine, a look at how technology and modern market mechanisms can solve water scarcity in post-Soviet states: Uzbekistan is an incredibly dry country, receiving an annual rainfall of just 100 to 300 mm. Nevertheless, Uzbek farmers have managed to significantly increase productivity since the early 1990s, raising the availability of diverse foods […]

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Water Insecurity in Central Asia: A Steppe on the One Belt, One Road Initiative?

Via Future Directions International, a look at water insecurity in Central Asia: 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 […]

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