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The Post-Cold War Round: The Failure to Build Institutionalized Basin-Wide Cooperation in the Nile Basin

  • Mina Michel Samaan
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Abstract

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, the world entered into a period where there was no longer a bipolar rivalry. Instead, international development partners across the globe played a larger role, especially in underdeveloped regions, amongst which was the Nile Basin. Accordingly, the Nile riparians emerged from the Cold War with the ambition of rebuilding their economies to meet their growing needs. They were also encouraged by international development partners to open a new chapter of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Yet, there was a competition between the downstream and upstream states over setting the foundation of the newly established cooperation, whether to base it on “causing no significant harm,” in reference to the existing agreements and current uses, or on “equitable utilization” through a new legal framework involving the entire Nile Basin riparian states.

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  • Mina Michel Samaan
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  1. 1.Braunschweig University of TechnologyBraunschweigGermany

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