India-Pakistan Track II Water Dialogue

Recognizing that water is an issue of ever growing importance that affects stability and growth in the region, this project seeks to explore water sharing cooperation efforts between India and Pakistan, and surrounding countries, by bringing together key experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss current water-related challenges and opportunities for cooperation, in addition to incorporating food security and energy issues. It aims to provide policymakers in the region with clear and practicable recommendations on how the various water issues within South Asia can be addressed, and used as a possible framework to address similar conflicts elsewhere in the world.
  • Iran-Afghan Differences over Helmand River Threaten Both Countries

    Afghan ambassador to Tehran Nasir Ahmad Nour told the Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency recently that Afghanistan is committed to an agreement sharing the waters of the Helmand River between the two countries. But disagreements continue over an issue that has contributed to an environmental disaster in southwestern Afghanistan and southeastern Iran.
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  • Data Diplomacy in South Asia: Water, Natural Hazards, and Regionalism

    On February 24, the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center hosted a conversation with Saleem H. Ali, University of Queensland's Chair in Sustainable Resource Development, entitled "Data Diplomacy in South Asia: Water, Natural Hazards, and Regionalism."

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  • Addressing Nontraditional Security Threats in South Asia

    “Water scarcity and food security are the most serious nontraditional security threats facing India,” stated Ambassador Latha Reddy, Former Deputy National Security Adviser of India. Speaking at an Atlantic Council South Asia Center event, Reddy warned that nontraditional security concerns—such as water and food security, energy management, environment and climate change, health, cyber warfare, and organized crime—can evolve into traditional security threats if unaddressed. “There is no denying that we have to expand the view of security.”

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  • What to Expect From Indian Prime Minister Modi’s First Months in Office

    What should we expect from an Indian prime minister taking office with an assured majority in parliament for the first time in three decades? Suresh Prabhu is an ally of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, and is being discussed in New Delhi for a position either in Modi's cabinet or on the national planning commission, according to the Mumbai-based Economic Times. Prabhu served as industry minister, then as environment minister under the previous government of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. He also serves as a member of the Atlantic Council’s India-Pakistan track-two dialogue on cooperation over water-sharing issues.

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  • India-Pakistan Track-II Water Cooperation Dialogue

    The India- Pakistan Track-II Water Cooperation Dialogue, organized by the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council, was held in Dubai from March 30-31, 2014. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, the former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Govt. of Pakistan, and Ambassador Salman Haidar, Former Foreign Secretary, Govt. of India, standing in for Mr. Yashwant Sinha, former Foreign Minister of India. This project is generously supported by the Ploughshares Fund and the Skoll Global Threats Fund.
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  • Leaders Call for Modernizing Indus Water Treaty

    LAHORE, PAKISTAN – A group of regional leaders including eminent diplomats, scholars, government officials, and environmental advocates called on India and Pakistan broaden and take forward the work of  the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) during the Rights of Rivers Seminar at the PC Hotel Lahore on March 24, 2013.
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  • Forward Movement on India-Pakistan Track II Military and Water Dialogues

    On April 1, 2013, South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz traveled to Pakistan to convene discussions with the Pakistani contingent of the India-Pakistan Track II Military and Water Dialogues. Mr. Nawaz led working groups for both dialogues in Lahore.
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  • Atlantic Council Holds India-Pakistan Track II Water Dialogue

    WASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center recently held a meeting for its India-Pakistan water project in Lahore, Pakistan. The meeting convened key experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders from both sides.
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  • India's Water Challenges

    The Water Conflict in South Asia project announces the release of its second issue brief, “India’s Water Challenges,” by Mr. Suresh Prabhu, elected member of India’s Parliament.

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  • Water Insecurity: A Threat for Pakistan and India

    The South Asia Center’s Water Conflict in South Asia project announces the release of its first issue brief, "Water Insecurity: A Threat for Pakistan and India," by Dr. Shahid Ahmad, chief scientist at the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council
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