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Discussion: “Challenges in the Blue Nile Arena: Geopolitics, Displacements, and Instability” with Susan Stigant (USIP) and Alberto Fernandez (MEMRI)

March 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Blue Nile Arena, comprised of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt, has long been considered an anchor for stability in the Eastern and Northern Africa, including the Horn of Africa. The stability in this sub-region now appears at risk as the countries face the arduous challenges of inter- and intra- state conflicts over diminishing natural resources, including water and land. Those conflicts are being adversely affected by climate change and aggravate food insecurity, poverty, and joblessness in each of the three countries. In Ethiopia and Sudan, the conflicts are manifested in a very large number of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), a major subject of interest to the humanitarian community. The economic, political and security developments in the Blue Nile Arena also shape and are shaped by geopolitics.

As part of the water diplomacy webinar series (DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program) we will present a moderated discussion with Ambassador (ret.) Alberto Fernandez and Ms. Susan Stigant on geopolitics in the Blue Nile arena, global implications of the IDP crisis and possible directions of U.S. policies for the Blue Nile Arena.

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This event is organized by the DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program, with support from Duke Africa Initiative and Duke University Middle East Studies Center. The Rethinking Diplomacy Program is supported by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund.

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March 26, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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