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The Nile River is African and Ethiopia is its hub, Part Three.

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Aklog Birara, PhD

Part three of five
Aklog Birara, PhD
Part two of this series showed the critical relationship between Ethiopia’s right to use its river resources including the Abay River on the one hand and the vital role of inclusive, fair, just,  participatory and democratic governance to sustain ownership on the other. At the end of the  day, the most important criteria concerning the GERD is whether or not the Ethiopian people  gain from its exploitation. In the battle to control and use the Nile River and its tributaries for  growth and development, the country that places a high premium on good, just, equitable,  inclusive and pluralist governance would have a better chance of strengthening sustainability  than an ethnically and politically conflict-ridden, repressive and dictatorial one. I suggest that  this gap in inclusive, participatory, pluralist and democratic governance makes Ethiopia’s claim  vulnerable to internal and external threats. Egypt and other adversaries have and will continue  to exploit vulnerabilities in governance to advance their interests.  Read More