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The Nile -a national security or human security issue? An analysis of the Nile Basin Initiative negotiation process from an Egyptian perspective

Lindberg, Richard LU (2011) FKVK01 20111
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The Nile has always been the lifeblood of Egypt and even today Egyptian leaders invoke threats of military nature if its access to the Nile is in any way diminished. Being a downstream nation it is in a vulnerable position and compensates with a strong military and bigger economy than other riparian states. With Egypt’s rights to the vast majority of the Nile water quota stemming from colonial times, upstream nations are challenging the status quo in the hopes of reaching a more equitable basin wide agreement. Under the guise of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), created in 1999, numerous negotiations have been attempted to reach a deal that could bolster social and economic benefits to all Basin people. Egypt is positive to cooperation but... (More)
The Nile has always been the lifeblood of Egypt and even today Egyptian leaders invoke threats of military nature if its access to the Nile is in any way diminished. Being a downstream nation it is in a vulnerable position and compensates with a strong military and bigger economy than other riparian states. With Egypt’s rights to the vast majority of the Nile water quota stemming from colonial times, upstream nations are challenging the status quo in the hopes of reaching a more equitable basin wide agreement. Under the guise of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), created in 1999, numerous negotiations have been attempted to reach a deal that could bolster social and economic benefits to all Basin people. Egypt is positive to cooperation but negative to giving up its rights to veto any development projects along the Nile and its water access. This thesis investigates how Egypt has applied a national security perspective towards the Nile and how a gradual inclusion of the more cooperation oriented human security perspective has influenced the Egyptian negotiation stance since the inception of the NBI. (Less)
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author
Lindberg, Richard LU
supervisor
organization
course
FKVK01 20111
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Egypt, NBI, CFA, Nile, human security, national security, water.
language
English
id
2063681
date added to LUP
2011-09-07 18:12:59
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2014-06-30 07:48:16
@misc{2063681,
  abstract     = {The Nile has always been the lifeblood of Egypt and even today Egyptian leaders invoke threats of military nature if its access to the Nile is in any way diminished. Being a downstream nation it is in a vulnerable position and compensates with a strong military and bigger economy than other riparian states. With Egypt’s rights to the vast majority of the Nile water quota stemming from colonial times, upstream nations are challenging the status quo in the hopes of reaching a more equitable basin wide agreement. Under the guise of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), created in 1999, numerous negotiations have been attempted to reach a deal that could bolster social and economic benefits to all Basin people. Egypt is positive to cooperation but negative to giving up its rights to veto any development projects along the Nile and its water access. This thesis investigates how Egypt has applied a national security perspective towards the Nile and how a gradual inclusion of the more cooperation oriented human security perspective has influenced the Egyptian negotiation stance since the inception of the NBI.},
  author       = {Lindberg, Richard},
  keyword      = {Egypt,NBI,CFA,Nile,human security,national security,water.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Nile -a national security or human security issue? An analysis of the Nile Basin Initiative negotiation process from an Egyptian perspective},
  year         = {2011},
}