Focusing on transboundary river systems and their basins, the authors explore the fresh water crisis of Himalayan Asia. While the region hosts some of the world's mightiest rivers, it is also home to rapidly modernizing, increasingly affluent, and demographically multiplying societies. This combination ensures both the depletion of water resources and the increase in disputes over ownership of transboundary river waters. In a thorough investigation, based on extensive field research across Asia, the authors examine how these disputes impact the present and future interstate relations of this key region.
DR. ROBERT G. WIRSING is Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar, State of Qatar. Major published works include: Ethnic Diasporas & Great Power Strategies in Asia (2007); Baloch Nationalism & the Geopolitics of Energy Resources; The Changing Context of Separatism in Pakistan; Fixing Fractured Nations: The Challenge of Ethnic Separatism in the Asia-Pacific (2010). His recent research focuses primarily on the politics and diplomacy of natural resources (water and energy) in South Asia. DR. CHRISTOPHER JASPARRO is Associate Professor at the US Naval War College, USA. He is a geographer specializing in environmental and non-state security threats. Recent publications have appeared in Geopolitics, Water Policy, and Jane's Intelligence Review. DR. DANIEL C. STOLL is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar, State of Qatar. His research interests include the role of multilateral institutions in the international system, as well as US foreign policy in the Middle East. He is co-editor of and contributing author to The Politics of Scarcity: Water in the Middle East.