30 Aug '11, 6pm

Can Water Treaties Be Climate-Proofed?

Can Water Treaties Be Climate-Proofed?

Olivier Matthys/European Press Photo Agency The Indus River flows through a valley in northern Pakistan. Arguments over control of the Indus River system have been a source of tension between the two rival powers on the subcontinent. For centuries, water has been a potent weapon between warring states. When Pisa was at war with Florence, Leonardo da Vinci and Machiavelli planned to divert the Arno and leave Pisa dry. For at least as long, water has been a casus belli . India and Pakistan have contested one another’s access to the Indus River system; a 2006 study commissioned by the Defense Department said, “for over a half century, bitter rivalry over river resources” has arguably “been one of the leading causes of full-scale warfare between them.” Meanwhile, while India and Bangladesh have had standoffs over the Ganges . In the last 50 years, Israel and Syria have fought ...

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