Water Becomes a Weapon in China’s Geopolitical Chess

May 14, 2020

Many centuries ago, the great Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu observed: “The nature of water is such that it avoids heights and hastens to the lowlands. When a dam is broken, the water cascades with irresistible force. Now the shape of an army resembles water. Take advantage of the enemy’s...

The Improbability of a Water War in South Asia

September 06, 2015

Water wars in South Asia are unlikely due to well-etched treaties and economic compulsions. If there is ever to be a Third World War, many believe it will be fought over water, with South Asia serving as the flashpoint. The region houses a quarter of the world’s population and has less than...

Water Scarcity Risks Being a Source of Conflict

March 04, 2015

The depletion of freshwater resources will inevitably lead to tension, conflict and migration among large swathes of the world’s population.  Yemen, an impoverished desert country racked by years of conflict, instability and...