Will Persing (MARS-REERS '18) is the author of "Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?" published on Eurasianet (Jan. 23, 2018).
From the introduction:
The continuing rapprochement between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan could provide a boost to regional efforts that address one of Central Asia’s key strategic issues: the sustainable management of water resources.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has placed water management high on his reform agenda. At the United Nations General Assembly in 2017, the Uzbek leader discussed
at length the importance of water in Central Asia and the need for cooperation.“
Problems of water, peace and security are inextricably linked,” Mirziyoyev stated at the UN. “There is no alternative to addressing the water problem other than equally taking into account the interests of the countries and nations of the region.”
Photo: Construction began at the Rogun Dam in southern Tajikistan on October 29, 2016. While the dam remains a top priority for Tajikistan, the Uzbek government only recently has softened its position on the issue. (Photo by Tajikistan Presidential Press Service)