The Nile Conflict and Egypt’s Failed Power Projection

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Author(s): Stephan Roll

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The Nile River conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia still appears to be at an impasse. But even if an agreement is reached on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Egypt will be on the losing side. For decades, Cairo had opposed any expansion of the water infrastructure on the upper reaches of the river. However, the country was unable to prevent dam construction in Ethiopia. Such dams are particularly dangerous from an Egyptian perspective because over 85 percent of Egyptian Nile water comes from the Ethiopian highlands. Recently, Addis Ababa even started filling the reservoir without coordinating with Cairo.

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