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Is Pakistan Sacrificing its Food and Water Security to Outmanoeuvre India?

China has promised Pakistan that it will fund the construction of five dams that will form the North Indus River Cascade. The project, however, is primarily aimed at countering Indian dam projects and highlights Pakistan’s willingness to sacrifice its food and water security to do so.

UN Ocean Conference: A Win for the Blue Economy and International Water Diplomacy

The UN World Ocean Conference was an attempt to signal the immense value that the international community places on the world’s oceans, and that any multilateral efforts to address environmental challenges in the age of Trump will not be deterred.

Qatar: Greece Could Replace Gulf Food Suppliers

After years of economic crisis, young people in Greece are moving into farming careers. The increasingly youthful Greek agricultural sector, with EU assistance and an absence of Gulf-styled geopolitics, may spur Qatar to explore its Greek food security options.

India to Assist African Agricultural Industry

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an initiative to double the income of African farmers by 2022. Despite its altruistic appearance, India’s involvement in Africa is also very much in its own national interest.

How an Iranian Water Crisis Could Intensify Regional Geopolitics, the Country’s Brain Drain and the Deep State

Due to the gross mismanagement of water supplies, Iran will likely face a water crisis in the next 25 years, resulting in as many as 50 million people fleeing the country. Such a crisis will worsen existing regional tensions, the country’s ability to retain educated individuals and the distrust many have for the regime.

South African Drought: Cape Town Down to its Last Drops

Two years of drought and an overreliance on stored surface water has led to a severe water crisis in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. The government has proposed a range of solutions, but each option poses challenges to the sustainable achievement of water security.

Regional Pressure to Make Illegal Fishing a Transnational Crime: Is it a Feasible Solution?

As Indonesia seeks international support to declare illegal fishing a transnational crime, it is only likely to go part way to addressing the problem. Multilateral operations that focus on combatting the issue will also be necessary.

Violent Clashes Increase in Kenya over the Depleting Lake Turkana

Ethnic tensions are likely to grow as an upstream Ethiopian dam restricts the lake’s freshwater inflow, adding to Kenya’s rising instability leading up to the August elections.

China: Annual Pollution Report Indicates that Situation is Improving as Political Pressure Mounts

While the level of pollution has improved over the past year in China, the development of several megacities could increase pollution in parts of the country. NGOs have a role to play in ensuring that the government acts on its commitment to effective environmental stewardship.

How India is Using Food to further its Act East Policy in North Korea

India’s promise to obey Security Council sanctions, and only export food and medicine, suggests that it wishes to preserve its image as a non-aligned, responsible power while maintaining relations with Pyongyang.

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