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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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The Thirsty Dragon: Addressing Water Insecurity in Central Asia – A Steppe on the One Belt, One Road Initiative?

Courtesy of Future Directions International, an interesting look at Key Points 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 insecurity […]

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Uzbek Leader Warns Of Water Wars

Via World Bulletin, a report on Central Asian water challenges: Uzbek President Islam Karimov said Thursday that full-scale war could begin in Central Asia if Kyrgyzstan does not stop building new water-power plants under Russian patronage.  “Cascade of water-power plants on cross-border rivers will leave irrigation ditches without any water, and Aral Sea will run dry,” said […]

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Repercussions of Climate Change And Water Politics in Central Asia

Via The Diplomat, a look at how water related issues may impact Central Asia in the years ahead: In Central Asia, the topic of climate change is rarely discussed in local political circles. Yet scientists have warned about the future for the Eurasian continent.The Diplomat recently sat down with Columbia University’s Benjamin Orlove to discuss the impact of […]

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The Tragedy Of The Aral Sea

Via National Geographic, a detailed look at the tragedy of the Aral Sea since 1987, when the Aral Sea split into northern and southern halves. The completion of Kazakhstan’s Kokaral Dam in 2005 worsened the divide, reviving the northern sea but cutting off the southern sea from the Syr Darya river. By 2014, irrigation and […]

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Central Asia’s Troubled Waters: Resource Allocation Stokes Tensions

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at tensions arising from Central Asia’s water stress: An undated file photo shows abandoned ships sitting on the sand, where the Aral Sea retreated, near the Kazakh city of Aralsk. Summary The decline of the Aral Sea over the past 50 years is one of the most […]

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