Water and Security in Central Asia: Solving a Rubik's Cube

1st Edition

Virpi Stucki, Kai Wegerich, Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman, Olli Varis

Routledge
Published April 21, 2016
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9781138692718 - CAT# Y286450
Series: Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

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Summary

Examining the water, development and security linkages in Central Asia can feel a bit like solving a Rubik’s cube. The Rubik’s cube starts to usually find structure and the different pieces find their places when its solver adopts a systematic approach. Still, solving the whole cube takes time and perseverance. This is also the case with water and security in Central Asia as demonstrated by the chapters in this book. In the case of water and security in Central Asia, there are many "faces", including not only the Central Asian states but also the neighbouring countries and other players of global geopolitics; "stickers" such as policies, practices, causes, and impacts; and "colours" such as the different stakeholders, ranging from the micro and meso levels to the macro level. Understanding all these, or getting clarity on the nexus, can seem extremely challenging. Even though none of the chapters alone answers the question of what constitutes water and security in Central Asia, each of them gives thoughtful ideas and information on the complexity of the issue.

This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

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