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Revisiting the Egyptian-Ethiopian Water Dilemma

Via Future Directions International, commentary on the Egyptian-Ethiopian water rivalry: The rivalry over the Nile water is a major issue that threatens the stability of north-east Africa. The Nile has particular importance for Egypt and Ethiopia. It is a source of food and water for both countries and has a significant impact on their energy […]

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Water Scarcity In Egypt

Via Inter Press Service, an article on Egypt’s water scarcity challenges: Local residents in Cairo are becoming concerned and discontent as water scarcity is reaching a critical point in the capital and the rest of the country. Although not all areas of the country are affected in the same way, many Cairo residents say they […]

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Egypt’s Options to Counter Ethiopia’s Grand Dam Dry Up

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), analysis of Egypt’s options to counter Ethiopia’s Grand Dam plan: Highlights The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a critical component of Addis Ababa’s economic development strategy, will provide ample electricity for the country’s 100 million citizens. Despite Egypt’s long hostility to the project, Ethiopia will soon complete the dam, underscoring the […]

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Egypt Hails ‘Breakthrough’ In Nile Dam Talks

Via Terra Daily, a bit of upbeat news on a potential ’breakthrough’ in Nile dam talks: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday that a “breakthrough” had been reached in talks with Sudan and Ethiopia over a controversial dam the latter is building on the Nile. The progress, which he did not specify, took place […]

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Faced With Drought, the Pharaohs Tried (and Failed) to Adapt

Courtesy of the New York Times, an interesting historical look at Egypt’s water scarcity issues: More than 3,000 years ago the queen of the Hittites, who lived in what is now Turkey, sent a clay tablet to Ramses II, the Egyptian pharaoh, with an S O S: “I have no grain in my lands.” Previously, the […]

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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Search for Resolution Continues despite Increased Geopolitical Competition

Via Future Directions International, a report on growing tensions arising from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Egypt and Sudan raised concerns about the development of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) when plans were unveiled in 2011. A conciliatory tone was adopted between all three states in March 2015 when the Khartoum declaration was signed. […]

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