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Water, Energy and Climate Security in Central Asia

Syr_Darya_River_Floodplain,_Kazakhstan,_Central_AsiaThanks to AlertNet for publishing Center for Climate and Security Fellow Svetlana Valieva’s piece on Central Asia, which was posted here on March 28. The article highlights the water-energy-climate change nexus in Central Asia, which has important implications for both regional and global stability.

The Climate-Water-Energy Security Nexus in Central Asia

Sangtuda_1By Svetlana Valieva, Fellow, Center for Climate and Security

As the international community observed the UN World Water Day last Friday, March 22, two Central Asian countries were part of important talks at UN Headquarters in New York concerning water-sharing. Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have been engaged in a dispute over the building of a reservoir-type Rogun hydroelectric power plant in Tajikistan, which Uzbekistan has contended would disrupt flow to downstream countries, including itself. Uzbekistan, a country never absent from important meetings on water issues, proposed an alternative to the Rogun project involving the construction of smaller hydroelectric plants, which would bypass or avoid changes to the stream-flow regime. These talks bring attention to a broader nexus of water, climate and energy security in Central Asia that is worth watching closely by both regional leaders and the international community. (more…)

Department of Defense: Clean Energy Tied to National Security

Sharon Burke_Katherine Hammack_listen to a brief_Experimental Forward Operating Base 2011 at Marine CorpsThe Armed Forces Press Service highlighted last week comments by Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, regarding the national security imperative of clean energy. A quote from the article gives a good summary of the key points: (more…)

Secretary Clinton on Energy Diplomacy

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a speech yesterday titled “Energy diplomacy in the 21st Century.” See a video of the speech, and the Secretary’s official remarks. Below is an excerpt from the remarks, which details the framework of the State Department’s conception of energy as a foreign policy issue. (more…)