Water: Asia's New Battleground

Water: Asia's New Battleground

Brahma Chellaney

Winner of the Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz 2012 e-book Award

The battles of the previous day have been fought over land. these of at the present time are over strength. however the battles of day after today can be over water. Nowhere is that threat more than in water-distressed Asia.

Water tension is determined to turn into Asia's defining concern of the twenty-first century, developing hindrances to persisted fast fiscal progress, stoking interstate tensions over shared assets, exacerbating long-time territorial disputes, and implementing additional hardships at the negative. Asia is domestic to some of the world's nice rivers and lakes, yet its large inhabitants and exploding fiscal and agricultural call for for water make it the main water-scarce continent on a in step with capita foundation. a lot of Asia's water assets pass nationwide obstacles, and as much less and not more water is accessible, overseas tensions will upward push. the potential of clash is additional underscored by way of China's unmatched international prestige because the resource of transboundary river flows to the most important variety of international locations, starting from India and Vietnam to Russia and Kazakhstan; but a fast-rising China has declined to go into into water-sharing or cooperative treaties with those states, at the same time it faucets the assets of overseas rivers.

Water: Asia's New Battleground is a pioneering research of Asia's murky water politics and the relationships among clean water, peace, and protection. during this distinct and hugely readable ebook, Brahma Chellaney expertly paints a bigger photograph of water throughout Asia, highlights the safety implications of resource-linked territorial disputes, and proposes genuine options to prevent clash and extra equitably proportion Asia's water assets.

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