Cooperative Diplomacy, Regional Stability and National Interests
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Cooperative Diplomacy, Regional Stability and National Interests

The Nile River and the Riparian States

Edited by Korwa G. Adar, Nicasius Achu Check

The Nile River is the longest river in the world covering nearly 7,000 kilometres. It traverses ten countries in Africa, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, with South Sudan as the eleventh riparian state once it acquires its sovereignty. Of the more than 300 million inhabitants in the ten riparian states, the Nile River Basin is home to nearly 160 million people. The interlocking controversies surrounding the utilisation of the waters of the Nile River and the resources therein have centered on the 1929 Anglo-Egyptian and the 1959 Egypto-Sudanese treaties, which have largely ignored the interests of the upstream states. Through the initiative of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) established in 1999, the riparian states concluded, in 2010, the Agreement on the River Nile Basin Cooperative Framework (CFA) based on the principle of equitable and reasonable utilisation, the objective of which is to establish durable legal regime in the Nile River Basin.

This book addresses the complexities inherent in the colonial and post-colonial treaties and agreements and their implications on the interests of the riparian states and the region in general. It is the first book of its kind that covers the ten riparian states in a single volume and deals comprehensively with politico-legal questions in the Nile River Basin as well as conventions on the international water courses and their relevance to the region.

ISBN 9780798302876 | 284 pages | 244 x 170 mm | B/W Illustrations and Maps | 2011 | Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa | Paperback

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About the Editors

Korwa G. Adar

Korwa G. Adar is Research Director for Area Studies at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), Pretoria, South Africa.

Nicasius Achu Check

Nicasius Achu Check is a research specialist in the Peace and Security Research Unit at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA). Before joining AISA, Check was a junior lecturer in the Department of History at Vista University Distance Education Campus (VUDEC), where he taught modules on the spread of Islam in West Africa, Pan-Africanism and decolonisation. He holds a BA from the University of Buea, Cameroon, an MA in history from Unisa and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of Johannesburg.

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