Although blessed with huge oil reserves, Iran is also a very arid country. Teheran has recently been considering oil-for-water deals as lakes, rivers and over 500 cities are running dry.
Who has rights to the Caspian Sea? Littoral states have again failed to find an answer, and Russia is increasing pressure in order to regain leverage over the basin’s oil and gas riches.
Democracy and mining have brought unprecedented change for Mongolia. Poised for a burst of economic development, the land of Genghis Khan faces enormous challenges.