Rogun Dam Studies Set the Scene for Further Disputes Among Central Asian Countries

By Umida Hashimova

Last month (July 2014), a World Bank assessment explicitly approved the technical, economic and social aspects of the construction of the planned Rogun hydropower plant (Rogun HPP). The conclusions vindicate Tajikistan, which has hoped to build this hydroelectric dam for years. Uzbekistan, on the other hand, long an opponent of the Rogun HPP, expressed strong dissatisfaction, leaving the dispute among these two countries unresolved. Following the World Bank report, Russia, which disapproved of the project in 2009, this time expressed its support, bringing itself back into the picture while further complicating the regional conflict over water use (World Bank, July 14–18).

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 In May Tehran posted H.E. Mojtaba Damirchilu as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Kazakhstan. Mojtaba Damirchilu replaced outgoing ambassador Gorban Seifi. In his exclusive interview to Kazinform International News Agency the new head of the Iranian diplomatic mission talked about his goals as well as state and prospects of relations between Kazakhstan and Iran.