History shows that mutual interest prevails in even the most arid regions
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When it’s completed, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile will be the largest hydropower project in Africa, supplying 6,000 megawatts of much needed clean electricity to a power-starved region. But that’s if it’s completed. Construction of the dam is under threat because Egypt and Ethiopia, two countries that share the Nile, have been locked in an escalating dispute over how to control the flow of the river. (Egypt is almost completely dependent on water from the Nile, but other North African countries have bristled over Cairo’s historical hold over the river.) There are concerns that the diplomatic disagreement could even spill over to open conflict.