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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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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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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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Troubled Waters: Egypt and Ethiopia Wrangle Over Nile Dam

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a report on how Addis Ababa’s dam plans expose rivalry with Cairo for regional power: The world’s longest river, a lifeline for hundreds of millions of people, is also fast becoming a fault line. Ethiopia’s ambitious $4.2 billion hydroelectric dam project on the Nile River’s main tributary is raising tensions with […]

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Egypt-Sudan Spat Muddies Prospects for Deal on Nile Dam

Via Foreign Policy, a look at how talks are stalled over how to deal with the impact of a $5 billion dam that could threaten Egypt’s lifeblood: A diplomatic spat between Egypt and Sudan is spilling over into the long-running dispute over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile River, which Cairo sees as […]

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