How regional power shift has worked against Egypt’s bid to control Nile
Saturday July 20 2013
Faced with a revolution at home and a shift in regional power, the Cairo regime is increasingly finding it hard to control the Nile. FILE/TEA Graphic Nation Media Group
Egypt is in a precarious political situation and is already using enormous resources to counter a highly disruptive revolution. This has reduced its ability to coerce other basin states to continue respecting its “birthright.”
Rising populations, increased food and power needs have fed the quest by other Nile Basin countries for more of the water flowing in the tributaries of the Nile. As a result, many of the countries have entered into agreements to finance multi-billion-dollar projects.
Besides asking the World Bank not to fund such projects, Egypt may not do much more to stop them in the future.
Military action, which was initially advocated by the politicians, may not work. Its geographical position would make a direct attack on Ethiopia or any of the other riparian countries highly difficult.