Politics of Water in Post-Soviet Central Asia

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Publication Title

Politics of Water in Post-Soviet Central Asia

Publication Type

Book chapter

Author(s)

Dr Kai Wegerich

Publication Date

2009

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Contents

Summary

The paper analyzes the existing situation of water sharing between the riparian states and at different reservoirs on the Amu and Syr Darya rivers in relation to conflict and cooperation that came into existence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even though a treaty was signed in 1998 between the four riparian states on the operation of two key reservoirs on the Syr Darya, this treaty has not been operationalized. Instead, bilateral treaties are signed annually. In 1996, a lasting treaty on a reservoir on the Amu Darya was signed between the two downstream riparian states only. The revival of Soviet plans to expand the upstream reservoir capacities has caused a resurgence of mistrust in the downstream riparian states vis-à-vis their upstream neighbors and is said to have established two fronts of interests, with the upstream states trying to utilize their hydro-power potential and the downstream states seeing their irrigated agriculture threatened. Here, the expansion plans are analyzed in terms of their economic viability as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

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See also

Central Asia

Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan

Tajikistan

Turkmenistan

Uzbekistan

Amu Darya

Syr Darya

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 PoliticsofWaterinPostSovietCentralAsia.pdf

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