Water Conflicts in Central Asia: Some Recommendations on the Non-Conflictual Use of Water


José Antonio Peña-Ramos 1,2,* , Philipp Bagus 3 and Daria Fursova 4

1 Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Providencia 7500912, Chile

2 Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain

3 Department of Applied Economics I, History and Economic Institutions and Moral Philosophy, Social and Legal Sciences Faculty, Rey Juan Carlos University, 28033 Madrid, Spain; philipp.bagus@urjc.es

4 Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, Moscow State Linguistic University, 119034 Moscow, Russia; fursova.msc@yandex.ru * Correspondence: japramos@ugr.es; Tel.: +34-6-5721-9669


Central Asian states, where freshwater is a strategic resource, are oriented towards regional conflict rather than cooperation. First, the article analyses the role of the unequal distribution of freshwater that has been generating conflicts in Central Asia in the post-Soviet period. Next, these conflicts are examined. Finally, we provide some recommendations on the non-conflictual use of water. Keywords: water conflicts; freshwater; water resources; Central Asia; geopolitics; water resource management; responsible use of scarce resources; non-conflictual; recommendations

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