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Cooperative Diplomacy, Regional Stability and National Interests
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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 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 for 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. viii
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  1. About the Editors
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Abbreviations, Acronymsand Concepts
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: The Nile River Basin – An introductory context
  2. pp. xvii-xxxi
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  1. PART 1. Treaties and Agreements of the Nile River Basin: Legal Questions and Case Studies
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. The interpretation of the 1929 treaty and its legal relevance to and implications for the stability of the region
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2. The Democratic Republic of Congo and the Nile Cooperative Framework Agreement
  2. pp. 23-38
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  1. 3. Cooperation between Egypt and Sudan over the Nile River waters: The challenges of duality
  2. pp. 39-66
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  1. 4. Ethiopia’s position on the Nile water agreements
  2. pp. 67-83
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  1. 5. Rwanda and the Nile Cooperative Framework Agreement: Assessing the 1929 Nile treaty
  2. pp. 85-103
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  1. PART 2. National and Regional Interests in the Nile River Basin: Country Case Studies
  2. p. 105
  1. 6. Burundi’s national interests and the Nile Basin Initiative
  2. pp. 107-129
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  1. 7. The Nile River and Egyptian foreign-policy interests
  2. pp. 131-152
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  1. 8. The Nile ‘Lone Ranger’ in the Nile River waters initiative: The case of Eritrea
  2. pp. 153-166
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  1. 9. Kenya’s foreign-policy and geopolitical interests: The case of the Nile River Basin
  2. pp. 167-188
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  1. 10. Tanzania: Multilateralism and national interests in the Nile River Basin question
  2. pp. 189-214
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  1. 11. National and regional foreign policy underpinnings: Uganda and the Nile River Basin controversy
  2. pp. 215-234
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  1. Part 3. Conclusion
  2. p. 235
  1. 12. Conclusion: Setting the Agenda for the Nile River Waters Agreement
  2. pp. 237-247
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  1. Appendix 1
  2. pp. 248-249
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  1. Appendix 2
  2. p. 250
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