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Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues.
Iran: Lawmakers from Isfahan province have warned Tehran that the province could run out of tap water in the next 2-3 months. They asked the president to take action and examine the country’s water crisis. Farmers in Isfahan have been holding protests over the issue. We need to understand the extent to which the water crisis can exacerbate social unrest in Iran, especially after the country’s currency problems and protests earlier in the year. What other provinces are experiencing severe water shortages, and how many people live there? What solutions have been proposed? The answers to these questions will h