Environmental conflict and regional mechanism for crisis prevention, management and resolution: The Case of the Nile Basin

 Macy Meseret Demissie

Centre for Security and Defence Studies

The large majority of sub-Saharan Africa countries suffer from water scarcity worsened by  underdevelopment. Such a situation nurtures both internal and external conflict, as well as political instability across the region. The case of the Nile basin is the best example of conflict and underdevelopment rooted in water scarcity. After explaining the internal and external causes of water conflict in the Nile basin, Dr. Demissie will assess the regional and global efforts undertaken since the end of the Cold War including the creation of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) - to securitize, pacify, and stabilizes the war torn and environmentally distressed region.

Macy Meseret Demissie is a Research Associate at NPSIA's Centre for Security and Defence Studies, at Carleton University, and is currently teaching in the School of Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Demissie was previously a consultant at UNESCO`s Division of Water Science (UNESCO HQ, Paris), 2001-2004. She  holds a PhD in Defence, Strategy and Security from the Sorbonne University (Paris).  She also holds MA and BA degrees fin Political Science from Laval University, Quebec.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Dunton Tower 2017
Carleton University
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