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Water: Asia's New Battleground [Kindle Edition]

Brahma Chellaney

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"A formidable interdisciplinary book. [Chellaney] has done readers a great service in tracking down reams of scholarly information, beautifully knit together, covering a dazzling range of countries and disciples, from Bangladesh to Mongolia, climate change science to regional security doctrine. despite the vast scope of the book, the writing is clear and lively. Its main contribution is in synthesizing the many trickles of the international discussion on Asia and water into one single current." -- The Washington Monthly "A well-written book which uses relatively clear and sophisticated language while still remaining accessible to readers without prior knowledge of the subject." -- Pacific Affairs "This well-researched volume is a fascinating blend of geography, hydrology and politics... A sobering read for those of us residing in Asia, and the weight of its message certainly deserves urgent and widespread attention." -- Asian Review of Books "Masterful, pioneering study... superbly combines a panoramic picture of Asia as a 'global water crisis hub' with detailed case studies of potential water wars." -- Global Asia "Chellaney's new book is an exhaustive study of a narrow, but vital, aspect of the Asian security landscape: the growing struggle for water resources." -- Financial Times "Ranging widely across the region, this forcefulling written study warns of a growing risk of interstate conflicts over water. The only way to avoid such outcomes, Chellaney argues, is to adopt a cooperative, rules-based approach to water management." -- Foreign Affairs "The author provides a comprehensive analysis of the roots of the Asian water crisis, combing hydrology, global politics, and cultural history. Fortunately, Chellaney offers potential policy solutions." -- Choice "A valuable contribution to a subject that still receives too little attention when power politics are discussed." -- Contemporary Southeast Asia "Water will undoubtedly cause most readers to look at the world differently... [It] tells an immensely important story and Chellaney has myriad facts at his fingertips." -- Commonweal Magazine


Winner of the Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz 2012 Book Award

The battles of yesterday were fought over land. Those of today are over energy. But the battles of tomorrow may be over water. Nowhere is that danger greater than in water-distressed Asia.

Water stress is set to become Asia’s defining crisis of the twenty-first century, creating obstacles to continued rapid economic growth, stoking interstate tensions over shared resources, exacerbating long-time territorial disputes, and imposing further hardships on the poor. Asia is home to many of the world's great rivers and lakes, but its huge population and exploding economic and agricultural demand for water make it the most water-scarce continent on a per capita basis. Many of Asia’s water sources cross national boundaries, and as less and less water is available, international tensions will rise. The potential for conflict is further underscored by China’s unrivaled global status as the source of transboundary river flows to the largest number of countries, ranging from India and Vietnam to Russia and Kazakhstan; yet a fast-rising China has declined to enter into water-sharing or cooperative treaties with these states, even as it taps the resources of international rivers.

Water: Asia’s New Battleground is a pioneering study of Asia’s murky water politics and the relationships between fresh water, peace, and security. In this unique and highly readable book, Brahma Chellaney expertly paints a larger picture of water across Asia, highlights the security implications of resource-linked territorial disputes, and proposes real strategies to avoid conflict and more equitably share Asia’s water resources.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4933 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 398 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1626160120
  • Verlag: Georgetown University Press (25. Juli 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Factually Revealing and Timely Book 16. September 2013
Von Vakratunda - Veröffentlicht auf
This is an important and timely book that brings out facts about Asia that are little known -
that Asia is the world's driest continent; that Asia's water stress holds major economic,
social and political implications; that of the 57 transboundary river basins in Asia, only a few
have a water-sharing treaty among co-riparian states; that the Tibetan Plateau is the
world's largest freshwater repository; and that China is accumulating hydro-leverage
against its neighbors by building mega-dams that can control river flows from Tibet and
Xinjiang to other countries.

The book is truly a pioneering and multidisciplinary study. It stands out for its easy-to-read
style and thorough, unbiased research. In fact, it is the first book to look at water security
across Asia, a continent that could shape our future world.

It highlights the importance of building water institutions to avert inter-country or intra-
country conflicts at a time when water disputes have become rife in Asia. It lays importance
on protecting the interests of vulnerable communities, as well as countries like Vietnam,
Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and Iraq that are located farthest downstream on international
rivers. And it offers concrete ideas and suggestions on how to solve or contain the growing
water wrangles within and between nations.
2.0 von 5 Sternen Turgid 16. Januar 2015
Von David Zetland - Veröffentlicht auf
From a 2011 post in my blog:

This book by Brahma Chellaney comes out this month. In it, "Chellaney paints a larger picture of water across Asia, highlights the security implications of resource-linked territorial disputes, and proposes real strategies to avoid conflict and more equitably share Asia's water resources."

I tried to read my review copy but failed (hence the "non-review"). The prose is strangely formal and empty. For example [p. 238]:

To stop profligate use, water, however, must come with a reasonable price, even if it is not market based. The social impact of pricing can be cushioned by keeping water subsidies specifically for the poor. Rational pricing has long been held as a key element in water management and conservation.

Actually, at the heart of the Asian challenge is the need to raise water efficiency and productivity. To ease intrastate water shortages and disputes, Asian countries have little choice but to increase water productivity, especially in agriculture and industry...

I found that passage in the index of this 385pp book (looking for something of interest to me), but those anodyne statements are not even linked together. What about the connection between price and efficiency?

I am obviously interested in this book as a water economist, but let's just pick a random passage [opens book on random page and stabs with finger]... on page 85:

China, though largely-self-sufficient in grains at present, is the world's largest importer of soybeans, which are oilseeds, not a grain, and mainly serve as animal feed for the fast growing Chinese meat industry. Since 2008, it has started importing increasing quantities of wheat, although its imports remain small compared with world output. But given that China accounts for one-sixth of global wheat production, a serious drought in some of its wheat growing provinces can trigger major imports.

So what?

It seems that Chellaney (a professor of strategic studies at the independent Center for Policy Research in New Delhi) likes to see his thoughts (all of them!) on paper. That's a problem for people like me who favor insights over pedantic exposition.

As I skimmed back and forth in this book, I got the feeling that Chellaney is much more comfortable with state-to-state discussions of water issues based on technocratic minutes, agendas and memoranda of understanding. In my limited experience, those documents read much like this book. I'd prefer to see the executive summary.

Bottom Line: I give this book TWO STARS and recommend it ONLY to researchers interested in trans-boundary water disputes in Asia.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 20. November 2014
Von Beeghly Library Acquisitions - Veröffentlicht auf
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Great book, timely delivery.
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