Archive for the ‘Tigris-Euphrates System’ Category

Water and Climate Change Will Shape Iraq-Turkey Relations

Via Foreign Policy Research Institute, a look at how water and climate change will shape Iraq-Turkey relations: BOTTOM LINE Water and climate change will be at the center of Iraq-Turkish relations for years to come. There is a mismatch of priorities on the Turkish and Iraqi sides, with security constituting the most urgent element for […]

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The End of the Mesopotamian Basin: Can the Tigris and Euphrates be Saved?

Via Dial, a look at the crisis facing the Mesopotamian basin: When spring hits its full stride in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, hillsides turn from brown to green almost overnight. Seasonal streams course with water, creating a network of tributaries that flow into the historic Tigris and Euphrates rivers. On a Friday in March, Nabil Musa […]

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Water Politics in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin

Via the Arab Center in Washington DC, a look at water politics in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin: While energy security and the control of oil have long been determining factors for geopolitical conflict in the Middle East, the region’s geopolitics have also, in important ways, been shaped by issues around access to water. Whether along the […]

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Levels of Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates Plunge

Via Terra Daily, a report on how levels of Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates have plunged in the south: Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates rivers have witnessed a sharp decrease in their levels in the south of the country, officials said Sunday, pledging to take urgent measures to ease water shortages.In Nasiriyah, capital of the southern province […]

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Erdogan Pledges To Ease Iraq’s Water Shortage

Via Terra Daily, an article on Turkey’s water outreach to Iraq: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged Tuesday to step up the flow of water along the Tigris River to drought-stricken Iraq for one month.Baghdad accuses Ankara of withholding water in dams that choke the Tigris and Euphrates rivers near their point of origin in […]

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Water Scarcity in the Arab World

Via Geopolitical Futures, a report on the Arab World’s water challenges:   Many prosperous ancient civilizations in the Arab world had at least one thing in common: an abundance of water. Today, however, the Arab region in West Asia and North Africa could become the most water-scarce area in the world. Demand is rising, driven […]

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