Turkey's water-oriented development in the Aras Transboundary River Basin

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1 Department of Irrigation & Reclamation Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Alborz, Iran.

2 Department of Water Engineering and Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.



In transboundary river basins, the utilization of water is influenced by the political and security relations between the co-riparians, which can impact their political and security strategies. This article examines Turkey's actions in the Aras transboundary river basin, a part of the DAP mega-project. Furthermore, information regarding Turkey's hydropolitical situation in the Aras River basin was obtained through the analytical descriptive method. The findings indicate that Turkey will have control over approximately 83 percent of the potential of the Aras River basins within its territory upon the completion of its mega-projects in the Aras transboundary river basins. However, due to the irreversible consequences of these plans, Turkey is striving to prevent the emergence of protests among downstream countries through the use of sanctioned discourse.


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