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Water Tension In Central Asia

Courtesy of The Open Economy, a detailed look at the growing water crisis in Central Asia.  We have covered this several times previously in this forum but, given the increasing severity and likelihood of transnational tensions, it seems useful to address it once again.  As the article notes: “…At first glance, China’s neighbour Kyrgyzstan, with […]

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A Dying Aral Sea Gives Rise To Increased Tensions In The Region

Via Window on Eurasia, a report that demise of the Aral Sea, the loss of which is already having an adverse effect on two-thirds of the 50 million people in Central Asia, is rapidly increasing tensions in the capitals of the five countries of the region and could spark new and larger military conflicts among […]

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Central Asian Leaders Clash Over Water At Aral Sea Summit

Via disappointing (but not unexpected) news that a summit on the future of the shrinking Aral Sea ended without making any tangible progress on resuscitating the endangered sea.  In fact, if anything, the meeting succeeded only in stoking acrimony among participants on the water-use issue.  As the article notes: “…The presidents of the five […]

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Central Asia: Creation of A Downstream Water-Energy Bloc

Via Windows on Eurasia, an interesting report on the geopolitics behind the death of the Aral Sea and the emergence of “the youngest desert in the world, the Aralkum” which, as the article notes, are causing the countries around it to be increasingly drawn into serious conflicts over ever scarcer water resources. “…as a result […]

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Central Asia Water Wars: Turkmenistan To Join Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan Vs. Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan

Via The Foreign Policy Association, a report that – in advance of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea meeting in Almaty on April 28 – Uzbekistan’s President, Islam Karimov, has been busy convincing Turkmenistan’s President, Gurbangly Berdymukhamedov, to ally with the downstream Central Asian states against the upstream ones.  As the article notes: […]

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Central Asian Water & An Aral Proverb: “In Every Drop Of Water There Is A Grain of Gold”

In the latest SAISPHERE 2008, John Daly details more about the most severe conundrum facing Central Asian nations: water.  As the report notes: The implosion of the U.S.S.R. in December 1991 sundered a country of 15 constituent republics into 15 new nations, which were immediately faced with the consequences of the dissolution of an economically […]

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