Post-Colonial Interstate Relations in the Nile Basin

The Nile River Basin in Crisis: Water Sharing and Transboundary Conflict or Cooperation

Marina Ottaway, Woodrow Wilson Center, will deliver a lecture on the Nile River Basin Crisis Lecture Series. The series runs from October 13, 2021 - March 9, 2022.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (Pacific Time)

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The UCLA African Studies Center and Samueli School of Engineering are pleased to announce a 10-part webinar series on the Nile River Basin crisis.  Ethiopia has recently begun to fill its newly-built Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile River; it now needs to become fully operational.  However, a crisis has emerged involving disagreement between Ethiopia and downstream countries, Egypt and Sudan, on the sharing of the Nile waters, the dam filling period, and water allocation during and after filling the dam.  There is an urgent need to consider the formation of a solution to the resulting tensions among the states that depend on the water resource of the Nile River. This webinar series will bring together scholars and practitioners to present research and policy papers on various aspects of this issue, and carefully consider alternative solutions to the Nile River dispute.

Marina Ottaway, Ph.D., is a Middle East Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Schedule of Online Events
All times are in Pacific Time (i.e. Local time in California).

October 13
(7:00 – 8:30 am PDT)

The Nile River from Colonial to the Immediate Post-Colonial Era
Tereje Tvedt, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

October 27
(8:00 – 9:30 am PDT)

Post-Colonial Interstate Relations in the Nile Basin
Marina Ottaway, Ph.D., Middle East Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center

November 10
(8:00 – 9:30 am PST)

The Nile’s Historic Legal and Security Issues:
Who owns the Nile?

Presenter: Confirmation Pending

November 23
(8:00 – 9:30 am PST)

Water, Energy, Agricultural Production and Livelihood:
Issues, Vulnerabilities, and Opportunities in the Nile Basin

Presenter: Confirmation Pending

December 8
(8:00 – 9:30 am PST)

The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Nile River and Hydropolitics
Ana Elisa Cascão, Ph.D., political scientist with expertise in hydropolitics in the Middle East and North Africa region, Stockholm International Water Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

January 12
(8:00 – 9:30 am PST)

Current Perspectives of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the GERD Filling and Operation, and Long-Term Vision
Presenter: Confirmation Pending

January 26
(8:00 – 9:30 am PST)

The GERD Dam Filling Impact and Mitigation Strategies
Presenter: Kevin Wheeler, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute – University of Oxford, U.K.

February 9
(8:00 – 9:30 am PST)

Nile Basin Reservoir Management and Operation Tools
Presenter: Mohammed Basheer, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, U.K.

February 23
(8:00 – 9:30 am PST)

Successful River Basin Agreements in Other Basins Similar to the Nile
Presenter: Confirmation Pending

March 9
(8:00 – 9:30 am PST)

Towards Long-term Solutions and Management Options for the Nile States
Presenter: John Mbaku, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Economics, Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution



Registration using the link above in the text or at

Cost : Free webinar

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Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Engineering