Coming Clean: The Geopolitics of Water with Terje Tvedt – May 23

The Nile from Space

“In a world where more than half of the population – that is, more than 3 billion people – live along river courses shared by two states or more, and where many of the big world players – such as the USA, China, India, Germany, France, Brasil, Turkey and Canada – are either upstream or downstream states in large international rivers… water as a geopolitical factor can hardly be exaggerated.”

-Roar Hagen, Graham Chapman & Terje Tvedt,  Water, Geopolitics and Collective Power in the New World Order

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This week on The Solari Report I will be speaking to Terje Tvedt. I could not be more delighted that Tvedt has agreed to join us.

The power and importance of water to the question of how we  govern our resources – whether in a community or globally – and how we achieve cooperation and peace, as Tvedt says, “can hardly be exaggerated.” Tvedt should know – he has spent a lifetime studying the social and political dynamics of water.

Terje Tvedt is presently professor at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, and Professor in Global History, University of Oslo, Norway, as well as a professor in political science and development studies. He is the author of a wide range of books about water and water bodies, has written/co-directed documentary films and been the leader of a number of national and international research networks and research projects on these topics. His newest book, A Journey in the Future of Water, is expected this year.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review Even the Rain, a Spanish film directed by Icíar Bollaín about a director and producer who travel to Bolivia to make a film about Christopher Columbus and instead are swept away by the 2000 Cochabamba protests. The protests reversed the privatization of the local water company with foreign investors and produced the Cochabamba Declaration.  The experience of Cochabamba is a counterpoint to privatization supporters who believe that optimizing water investment and allocation requires corporate ownership and management. These strategic issues are critical to the efforts to centralize seed and agriculture that we discuss on The Solari Report.

Even the Rain.

I will start with Money & Markets and Ask Catherine, including the extraordinary shifts we are experiencing in G-7 policies re-engineering capital flowsWe will record our interview with Tvedt on Wednesday – so post your questions on the blog for the interview by Tuesday pm.

Talk to you Thursday!

Related Reading:

The Water Channel
Terje Tvedt’s Website
Terje Tvedt’s Books

Related Documentaries:

The History of Water                                                                                                                       
The Future of Water


  1. What is the state of water in five years likely to be?

    What feeds your expectation that we can globally come together and respect water?

  2. Hi! A couple of questions come to mind.

    What does Mr. Tvedt think about desalinization plants? Is there a good solution for “where all that salt goes” when you remove it from a big body of seawater?

    I started to ask about fracking but I’m not sure what he can say other than ‘it’s really bad for the nearby water system’ but if he wants to tackle it, let’s hear it. Thank you!

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