ISBN 9780798302876
Pages 284
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations and Maps
Published 2011
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

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.

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About the Editors

Korwa G. Adar

Prof Korwa Gombe Adar is Professor of International Studies, Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. 

Nicasius Achu Check

Dr Nicasius Achu Check is a Senior Research Specialist in the Governance, Peace and Security Research Programme at the Africa Institute of South Africa, a research institute of the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. 

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