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US Launches Mekong Partnership as Chinese Debt Trap Closes on Laos

Via Future Directions International, a report on a different type of water politics, one which pertains to geopolitical spread of influence: The United States announced a new Mekong-US Partnership at a virtual summit hosted by Vietnam on 11 September. An initial US$153 million ($210 million) will be made available to Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos to […]

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How To Share A River

Via Project Syndicate, an interesting look at how a similar dispute in South America may offer valuable lessons on Ethiopia and Egypt’s current inability to reach an agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, raising fears that the entire region may be plunged into conflict: In 2011, Ethiopia launched construction on the […]

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Is The Mekong Doomed?

Via The Diplomat, a sobering report on the Mekong River: The miracle of the Mekong, where the pulsating force of the monsoon-driven river every year pushes its tributary to back up and reverse its flow into the great Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia, has again been disrupted and obstructed by dams, drought, and climate change. […]

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US Official Attacks China’s ‘Manipulation’ of the Mekong

Via The Diplomat, an article on how Southeast Asia’s mighty river is quickly becoming a new front in US-China competition: A senior American diplomat has criticized China’s string of hydropower dams on the Mekong River, becoming the latest U.S. official to raise alarm about their possible effects on countries downstream. David R. Stilwell, assistant secretary of […]

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Struggling With Drought on the Mekong

Via The Diplomat, an article on how climate change and dams combine to push the Mekong’s water levels to record lows: Drought, climate change, and the construction of dams – on a scale that beggars belief – are threatening a river system that traverses five countries and feeds 70 million people who live hand to […]

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Sudan, Ethiopia Vow ‘All Efforts’ To Resolve Nile Dam Dispute

Via Terra Daily, an article on efforts to resolve the Nile dam dispute: Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed vowed Tuesday to make every effort to resolve a dispute also involving Egypt over Addis Ababa’s giant Nile river dam. Egypt and Sudan view the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as […]

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