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Water Shortage and Unrest In Iraq

Via Global Risk Insights, a report on the link between water shortages, politics, and unrest in Iraq: Around 70% of Iraq’s water comes from sources outside of its territory, predominantly originating in Turkey and Iran. Since 1975, the flow of water from the Euphrates and Tigris rivers from Turkey into Iraq has declined by 80%. Over 80% of Iraq’s current water […]

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War For Water? Iraq, Syria, and Turkey To Fight Next Over Rivers?

Via Newsweek, a look at water tension in the Middle East: The next war in the Middle East could be fought over water as Iraq, Syria and Turkey scramble to assert claims to two vital rivers that run through the region, according to a new report. Nabil al-Samman, a Syrian expert on international waters, made the case for […]

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Catastrophic Drought Threatens Iraq As Dams In Surrounding Countries Cut Off Water To Its Great Rivers

Via The Independent, an article on  how – after decades of war – Iraq is in danger of losing the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates as Turkey, Syria and Iran dam its rivers, turning parts of the country into desert: “I once rescued a friend from drowning when he was swept away by the force of […]

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A Watershed Moment for Iraqi Kurdistan: Subnational Hydropolitics and Regional Stability

Via the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, an article on the hydropolitics of Kurdistan, Syria, and Iraq: Iraqi Kurdistan is blessed with abundant water resources, but these resources are under increasing stress. Changing demographics, dam building in neighboring countries, and drought have driven Kurdish hydropolitics to a critical juncture where two distinct water futures are […]

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Water Conflict: Will A Drying Iran Face Syria’s Fate?

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a look at the potential for water related unrest in Iran: Perhaps one of the most quoted predictions regarding the increasing role of water conflicts in global affairs belongs to former vice-president of the World Bank Ismail Serageldin, who in 1995 famously claimed, “Many of the wars of this century were about oil, […]

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‘Blue Gold’ – Turkey’s Key To The ‘Dry Crescent’

Via Global Risk Insights, a report on the impact of Turkey’s efforts to control the headwaters of key water resources in Syria and Iraq: Next year will mark a full century since the Ottoman Empire lost control of the areas now known as Syria and Iraq. Now Turkey is pursuing an increasingly nationalistic and assertive foreign […]

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