Earth & Conservation

Central Asia's Post-Soviet Water War Explained

The countries of Central Asia once worked harmoniously to distribute resources. So why are they now facing an unexpected energy crisis?

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are all experiencing a water and energy crisis. These Central Asian countries were once administered by the Soviet Union and shared resources with each other peacefully. Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan provided natural gas from their plentiful natural reserves, while Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan provided water from the Amu Darya River and many reserves.

Today is a much different story. Each country is witholding resources from everyone else, which essentially hurts their own country just as much as it hurts the others. What caused this water and energy crisis to unfold and what's being done to stop it? Watch today's Seeker Daily video to find out.

The World Bank: Rising Food and Energy Prices in Europe and Central Asia

The Diplomat: Revisiting Kyrgyzstan's Bloody Summer

The New York Times: Tajikistan Hopes Water Will Power its Ambitions