Water Security

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Water Security

The multifaceted relationship between the availability of and access to water and conflict has become increasingly apparent in recent decades. Growing populations and economies, unsustainable and shifting consumption, and mounting environmental challenges exert increased pressure on the world's freshwater resources. International water-related tensions are well-documented and confrontations over water can fuel internal conflicts, especially in regions where the resources are scarce and capacity is low. Stimson's portfolio looks at the world's most critical transboundary waterways, which are facing unprecedented economic and environmental pressures. 


Research and Analysis

September 1, 2013

Fed by the snows and glaciers of the Himalaya and the seasonal rains of the South Asian monsoon, Nepal's rivers represent one of the world's greatest untapped sources of hydroelectricity.

August 13, 2013 | EXPERT: Rupert Herbert-Burns

In early August 2013, the general cargo vessel M/V Yong Sheng — a ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Group Company and weighing in at 19,150 deadweight tonnes — sailed from Dalian in northeastern China, bound for Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

June 27, 2013 | EXPERT: David Michel

The drums of war are beating again in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. But this confrontation doesn't concern Syria, Somalia, Israel or the Palestinians.

March 21, 2013 | EXPERT: David Michel

Decision makers in India and Pakistan will have to overcome a host of overlapping socio-economic, environmental, and political pressures as they endeavor to fulfill their countries' future water needs and peacefully manage the Indus River Basin that both countries share.

March 19, 2013 | EXPERT: David Michel , EXPERT: Russell Sticklor

Recurring tensions have long set India and Pakistan at odds over the Indus River system they both share. As the downstream neighbor, Pakistan fears that Indian infrastructure or diversions on the river could diminish its water supply, undermining its economy and jeopardizing its food security.

March 7, 2013 | EXPERT: David Michel , EXPERT: Russell Sticklor

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October 4, 2012 | EXPERT: Russell Sticklor

Spend a day in Kathmandu, Nepal's sprawling capital of 4-million people, and you'll quickly notice what has long been a fact of life in this landlocked Himalayan country, and many other South Asian nations - no reliable electricity supply exists. Up to eight times a day, neighborhoods throughout the city suffer rolling power cuts due to load shedding, causing residents and businesses alike to either carry on in the darkness, or rely on expensive, diesel-consuming generators to keep the lights on.

July 30, 2012 | EXTERNAL: Zachary Weiss

This spring, public demonstrations occurred daily across Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, as power cuts, rising temperatures, and water shortages combined to frustrate residents. 

June 14, 2012

Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Centre for Policy Research, India, discusses transboundary water management and governance in South Asia.

June 14, 2012 | EXPERT: Syed Iqbal Hasnain

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Syed Iqbal Hasnain published in the Khaleej Times on "South Asia's water equation." The article can be found here.

October 19, 2011 | EXPERT: David Michel

Water managers across the Himalayan region will confront a host of overlapping socio-economic, environmental, and policy challenges as they strive to fulfill their societies’ future water needs.  In many of the great rivers that rise in the Hindu Kush Himalayan mountains – the Amu Darya, Ganges,

August 2, 2011

By David Michel - Water managers in the Indus Basin will have to overcome a host of overlapping socio-economic, environmental, and policy pressures as they strive to fulfill their society's future water needs.

June 7, 2011

By John Doble - Water scarcity in the Middle East continues to pose threats to human security despite the efforts of governments to reduce consumption and develop new technologies for desalination.

May 5, 2011 | EXPERT: Syed Iqbal Hasnain

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Syed Iqbal Hasnain was published in the Dawn newspaper of Pakistan on the flood disaster. 

May 5, 2011

The present catastrophic and devastating flooding in Pakistan has not only been caused by exceptionally heavy monsoon rains in the upper Indus basin, but also is the result of accelerated melting of glaciers that feed into the Kabul, Swat, and Indus Rivers.
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