n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Cooperative Diplomacy, Regional Stability and National Interests: The Nile River and Riparian States, Korwa C. Adar and Nicasius A. Check (Eds.) : book review

Volume 3, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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The editors of the book are Dr. Korwa G. Adar, a Kenyan academic and Nicasius A. Check, a West African PhD candidate at UNISA. The book has eleven chapters and except for the chapters on Rwanda written in the context of the Nile Framework Agreement and Eritrea described as the Nile 'Lone Ranger', the rest are written by the citizens who came from the Riparian countries themselves. Part I has five chapters. Together the different chapters explore the interpretation of mainly the 1929 treaty and the legal relevance of the treaties in the context of generating general stability in the Nile region as a whole. Differences in the interpretation of the treaty, the treaty and third parties and the implications of the treaty for regional stability and inter Riparian state dialogue have been explored. After a full exploration of the weakness and strength of the 1929 Treaty, the authors have recommended the following: "There is an urgent and absolute need for a legal and institutional cooperation framework that will be the basis for sharing the Nile River and its resources among the 10 countries that make up the Nile River Basin. Central to this framework should be a more comprehensive and all-inclusive treaty regime governing equitable access to and use of the river's resources" (p.17).

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