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Egypt's Nile water policy under Sisi: security interests promote rapprochement with Ethiopia

Ägyptens Nilwasserpolitik unter Sisi: sicherheitspolitische Interessen befördern Annäherung an Äthiopien

Lossow, Tobias von; Roll, Stephan

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract Under Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Egypt has moderated its stance in the Nile water dispute with Ethiopia, the most important state upstream. In the conflict over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Cairo is now seeking cooperation rather than conflict. But this rapprochement is not driven by any fundamental reversal in Egypt’s Nile water policy. Instead, Cairo recognises that its options are restricted by the advanced state of dam construction. In addition it sees Ethiopia as an increasingly important partner, especially in matters of regional security. While Egyptian-Ethiopian conflict over distribution and usage of the water is currently on the back-burner, the issue is by no means resolved. (Autorenreferat)
Keywords Egypt; Ethiopia; water management; bilateral relations; political relations; natural resources; conflict management; policy of rapprochement
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords Wasserpolitik
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 11/2015
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications