Thursday, 17 February 2011

EGYPT AND SUDAN: POLITICS AND WATER IN A NEW NILE STATE

Our STEPS Water Seminar on 22 February is with Ana Cascão from Stockholm International Water Institute, who's recently returned from working in Egypt and Sudan. Ana is a political scientist with a particular interest in the politics of water in the Middle East and North-East Africa. Her main research topic is the hydropolitics in the Nile River Basin. Her seminar will be entitled "Breaking Waters: The Birth of a New Nile State?"

An 11th Nile basin state has almost certainly been added as a result of the referendum in South Sudan. This subdivision of a key Nile state – the most midstream of them all – has important political, economic and social consequences for international efforts at harnessing cooperation and stimulating integration amongst the basin states.

How South Sudan plays its future role will be critical to the whole project of Nile cooperation. It has the capacity to bind together with North Sudan (and Egypt) and maintain the status quo, or look south, to the rapid integration of Nile equatorial states around the East African Community.

To participate in the seminar, email h.lebris@ids.ac.uk

>> Event details
>> Seminar flyer (pdf)

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