Sharing the Nile

The largest hydroelectric project in Africa has so far produced only discord  The Economist WHEN Egyptian politicians discussed sabotaging the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in 2013, they naturally assumed it was a private meeting. But amid all the scheming, and with a big chuckle, Muhammad Morsi, then president, informed his colleagues that their discussion was…

How to Share Water Along the Nile?

NYTimes CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, construction is underway on a public works project of gigantic physical proportions and exquisite political delicacy. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, now about halfway finished, amounts to a test: With water becoming precious enough to be the stuff of war, can nations find ways to…

WATER EMERGING AS CHIEF ISIS WEAPON

Control of sources could expand power deep into Africa WASHINGTON – Just as ISIS has targeted oil refineries in its takeover of half of Syria and one-third of Iraq to finance its operations, the self-declared Islamic caliphate is looking to control access to something more vital – water – as it expands to North Africa,…

The Limits Of The New “Nile Agreement”

Brookings, By Mwangi S. Kimenyi and John Mukum Mbaku On Monday, March 23, 2015, leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan met in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to sign an agreement that is expected to resolve various issues arising out of the decision by Ethiopia to construct a dam on the Blue Nile. The Khartoum declaration, which…