Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.
On 16 February, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told reporters that Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan are slated to reach a final agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) within a week. Shoukrys announcement came a few weeks after representatives from the three countries spent three days in Washington, DC reviewing the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the World Banks proposal for the project. The dispute began in 2011 when Ethiopian began construction on the dam, which lies on the Blue Nile on the border with Sudan. Ethiopia promises that the dam will provide irrigation and electricity benefits to Sudan, but Egypt fears how the dam will affect the flow of the Nile into Egypt. What implications could the plan have for other countries dealing with severe droughts and dilemmas of natural resource allocation? Join us for a discussion of the GERD at this weeks Salon.
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