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Anger, Frustration Increase As Central Asia’s Drought Continues

Via Radio Free Europe, an article on Central Asia’s drought: Most of Central Asia is experiencing an extreme drought this year, and the people there know that all too well. They swelter in scorching heat and record temperatures amid a severe lack of rain. But that does not stop them from looking for someone to […]

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Military Clashes in Central Asia Over Water Likely to Grow

Via Window on Eurasia, an article on water stress in Central Asia: The military conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan was in the first instance about the lack of agreement between the two countries over control of water flows. That conflict cost 55 dead and about 300 wounded and forced tens of thousands of people to […]

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Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan: Solving Water Puzzle Key to Preventing Fresh Fighting

Via EurasiaNet, a report on Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s water tensions: Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan may be inching closer than ever to hashing out a border delimitation deal that will end decades of territorial ambiguity.  Less talk has been devoted, however, to the mechanisms for sharing and managing precious water resources. Until that happens, deadly conflict like […]

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Water and Land Disputes Turn Violent Along Ambiguous Kyrgyz-Tajik Border

Via Circle of Blue, a report on water disputes along the ambiguous Kyrgyz-Tajik border: The border shared by Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is a strip of hard-edged hills and scoured ridges. Apricot orchards occupy scarce flatlands and oxen graze on thinning fields of green. Nearly half of the 600-mile border remains unofficial and non-delineated, a Soviet-era […]

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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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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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