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Ethiopia and the Nile
Dilemmas of National and Regional Hydropolitics
by Yacob Arsano
Publisher: Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2007
Conducted under the auspices of the NCCR North-South, this study
deals with the national and regional dilemmas of hydropolitics in the
Eastern Nile Basin countries of Ethiopia , Sudan , Egypt and Eritrea.
Highlighting the dilemma created by the need to develop available water
resources at a national level in the fight against poverty and the
limited institutional and financial capacities available for such
large-scale projects, the author analyses both the unifying and the
divisive roles hydropolitcs can play at the regional level. The study
demonstrates that while the sharing of water resources and a common
cultural heritage serve as unifying factors among the peoples of the
Eastern Nile basin, the colonial legacy and vestiges of the Cold War,
combined with unilaterally determined national strategies for water
resource development, have created incompatible legal norms that remain a
continuing source of regional tensions.
Arsano, Yacob. 2007. Ethiopia and the Nile: Dilemmas of National and Regional Hydropolitics. Zurich: Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
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