Managing Water Conflict and Cooperation in Central Asia Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Ovezova, Aybolek
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Russian, Eurasian and East European Concentration
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  • The collapse of the Soviet Union left countries of Central Asia to experience political confrontations over territory and water rights. Additionally, independence of Central Asian countries resulted in the change of control systems, including transboundary rivers of the region. Resource capture, and isolation of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in early years of independence, from water cooperation, as well as engagements, brought to the competition over water resources. Moreover, upstream-downstream controversy and water politics in Central Asia have been intensifying at a fast pace in recent years. This paper discusses why Central Asian governments undergo conflicts over water and how those concerns can be addressed for an effective cooperation. In this regard, this paper provides analysis of the existing legal frameworks, in particular, over Amu Darya river. As a result, I argue that countries in the region need third-party participation for creating effective water management and cooperation.
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  • Johnson, Erica
  • Jenkins, Robert
  • Robertson, Graeme
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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