Water: Asia's New Battleground

Water: Asia's New Battleground

by Brahma Chellaney

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ISBN-13: 9781626160125
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 917,377
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Brahma Chellaney, one of India's leading strategic thinkers and analysts, is a professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He has served as a member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the foreign minister of India, and as an adviser to India’s National Security Council. He has held appointments at Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, Johns Hopkins University, and the Australian National University. He is the author of five previous books, including Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India, and Japan.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Asia: Global Water Crisis Hub

2. Murky Hydropolitics

3. The Tibetan Plateau: The World’s Most Unique Water Repository

4. Exploiting the Riparian Advantage: A Key Test Case

5. Managing Intrastate Water Conflicts

6. Mitigating Intercountry Water Disputes or Discord

7. Asia’s Challenge: Forestalling Bloodletting over Water

AppendixesA: Interstate Freshwater Agreements in Asia since the Start of the Decolonization ProcessB: Web Links to Key Asian Water Treaties

Notes

About the Author

Index

What People are Saying About This

King's College London - Friedbert Pfluger

The dominant conflict in geopolitics in this century is the scramble for energy, raw materials, and water. Brahma Chellaney is the first to publish an in-depth analysis of potential challenges and conflicts resulting from the scarcity of water in Asia. His book is particularly important to understand the impact and indeed the risks.

Stanley A. Weiss

We’re all familiar with conflicts over territory in places like Tibet and Kashmir, but Brahma Chellaney persuasively argues that the most precious resource in these disputes is not land, but water. In a world where nearly one billion people lack access to clean water, Chellaney shows how today’s economic growth could lead to tomorrow’s 'water wars.' With his policy prescriptions, he also gives us a way to stop these conflicts before they begin. This is a vital book for anybody interested in diplomacy and conflict in the twenty-first century.

Friedbert Pflüger

The dominant conflict in geopolitics in this century is the scramble for energy, raw materials, and water. Brahma Chellaney is the first to publish an in-depth analysis of potential challenges and conflicts resulting from the scarcity of water in Asia. His book is particularly important to understand the impact and indeed risks in an era of a growing tendency, which one meanwhile can call resource imperialism.

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"We're all familiar with conflicts over territory in places like Tibet and Kashmir, but Brahma Chellaney persuasively argues that the most precious resource in these disputes is not land, but water. In a world where nearly one billion people lack access to clean water, Chellaney shows how today's economic growth could lead to tomorrow's 'water wars.' With his policy prescriptions, he also gives us a way to stop these conflicts before they begin. This is a vital book for anybody interested in diplomacy and conflict in the twenty-first century." -- Stanley A. Weiss, founding chairman, Business Executives for National Security

"A pioneering, comprehensive, and insightful analysis that provides also the strategies for a solution. This is a timely and enlightening book since, as Chellaney demonstrates, 'what Asia confronts today, the other continents are likely to face tomorrow.'" -- Yoon Young-kwan, professor of international relations at Seoul National University and former foreign minister of Korea

"This is a well-written, thoroughly researched, and carefully analyzed book on a crucial subject matter. It is impressive for the richness and depth of the chapters, the interdisciplinary nature of the project, and the marrying of materials from geopolitics, environmental studies, and geology. It contains a wealth of information on the complex dynamics involving water in the current and emerging Asian political and economic landscape. The book shows Chellaney's thorough knowledge of the region, its intricacies, and its long history of connectivity in terms of water sharing." -- T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University

"The dominant conflict in geopolitics in this century is the scramble for energy, raw materials, and water. Brahma Chellaney is the first to publish an in-depth analysis of potential challenges and conflicts resulting from the scarcity of water in Asia. His book is particularly important to understand the impact and indeed risks in an era of a growing tendency, which one meanwhile can call resource imperialism." -- Friedbert Pflüger, director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, King's College London

T.V. Paul

This is a well-written, thoroughly researched, and carefully analyzed book on a crucial subject matter. It is impressive for the richness and depth of the chapters, the interdisciplinary nature of the project, and the marrying of materials from geopolitics, environmental studies, and geology. It contains a wealth of information on the complex dynamics involving water in the current and emerging Asian political and economic landscape. The book shows Chellaney’s thorough knowledge of the region, its intricacies, and its long history of connectivity in terms of water sharing.

Yoon Young-kwan

A pioneering, comprehensive, and insightful analysis that provides also the strategies for a solution. This is a timely and enlightening book since, as Chellaney demonstrates, 'what Asia confronts today, the other continents are likely to face tomorrow.'

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Water: Asia's New Battleground 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
HRay More than 1 year ago
Brahma Chellaney's new book offers an indepth analysis of the water geopolitics in Greater Asia, extending from Japan all the way to Turkey and including the entire Middle East. This is the first book that comprehensively examines the water geopolitics on the world's driest continent, Asia. The water crisis holds important implications for Asia's ability to continue to be the locomotive of the world economy. Thus, the book is an important contribution to the literature and is likely to be of particular interest to investors, especially because it details the economic and political implications of the spreading water shortages. The strength of the book is that its various chapters are thematically focused, rather than discussing countries or subregions. Although such a framework is more challenging, it allows the author to keep the focus on the larger issues in Asia and to comparatively assess opportunities of cooperation and risks of conflict. What emerges is that water disputes are concentrated in four separate circles-China and its neighbors; India and its neighbors; Israel and its neighbors; and Turkey and its neighbors-plus in Central Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. Intrastate disputes are more widespread, with the book providing a good picture of such disputes within South Korea and China in particular. The book is sympathetic to the plight of countries, like Bangladesh, Vietnam and Iraq, which are located farthest downstream on rivers flowing through multiple countries. The book masterfully blends water issues and geopolitics to highlight water resource scarcity as a burning issue. The analysis is objective and perceptive. The book's only drawback is its length: it is virtually the size of two average-size books and, therefore, has been printed in small typescript.
Kanazawa More than 1 year ago
Excellent and lucid book This multidisciplinary book provides an in-depth strategic assessment of Asia's water crisis and how it can be addressed. It points to the political and economic risks if the crisis is left unmitigated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago