From Arms Racing to “Dam Racing” in Asia

Brahma Chellaney
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Transatlantic Academy Bosch Public Policy Fellow Brahma Chellaney’s most recent publication has been released as part of the TA's Paper Series. The paper, drawing on the author’s book: Water: Asia’s New Battleground published in 2011, examines how the geopolitical risks arising from dam-building, particularly in Asia, can be stemmed. It does so by examining broader water tensions and competition, which center on four distinct zones: China and its neighbors; South Asia; Southeast Asia; and Central Asia, where the Soviet Union’s disintegration left conflicting claims over water supplies among the five so-called “stans” — Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.