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May 14, 2020

Ethiopia
AU Leadership Absent From Egypt and Ethiopia Dam Dispute

After years of negotiations, Egypt has written to the UN Security Council about what it considers to be Ethiopia's failure to reach an agreement over the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam undergoes construction work on the River Nile. The far side of the dam run up against a hewn rockface that rises above the height of the dam. In the distance, a grassy, forested mountain is seen against a dark blue sky.

September 7, 2017

Nigeria
China Gives a Dam

The Nigerian government has announced that the China Civil Engineering Corporation will complete a huge hydropower plant in the Mambila region of Taraba state, a plateau near the border with Cameroon…

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December 7, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Development of The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

This is a guest post by Caila Glickman, volunteer intern for the Council on Foreign Relations’ department of Global Health. Caila is currently a pre-med student at Oberlin College studying chemistry …

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June 30, 2011

China
In Southeast Asia, Big Dams Raise Big Concerns

A view from upstream of Malaysia's Bakun dam, in the inland of the eastern state of Sarawak on Borneo island, December 11, 2003. (Bazuki Muhammad/Courtesy Reuters) This is a guest post by Prasha…

A view from upstream of Malaysia’s Bakun dam, in the inland of the eastern state of Sarawak on Borneo island, December 11, 2003.

November 8, 2012

Asia
Dams on the Mekong Continue, Under or Over the Radar

Reports this week that Laos has decided to continue building the Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong river, despite massive protests and many studies showing detrimental environmental impacts, reveals once ag…

A man casts a fishing net on the banks of the Mekong river.

May 24, 2011

China
The Truth about the Three Gorges Dam

A worker clears floating garbage on the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei province on August 1, 2010. (China Daily Information Group/Courtesy Reuters) It has only taken ninet…

A worker clears floating garbage on the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei province on August 1, 2010.

January 29, 2021

Human Trafficking
Preventing Stolen Childhoods: How the U.S. Department of Labor is Combating Child Labor Trafficking

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

U.S. Department of Labor headquarters

February 22, 2017

Energy and Environment
Challenges of Equitable Economic Development and Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam

The Belo Monte dam in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon basin has been at the center of controversy concerning hydropower infrastructure projects since protest of the project began in 2008. The confl…

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August 10, 2021

Global Governance
The G7’s B3W Infrastructure Plan Can’t Compete with China. That’s Not the Point.

Regardless of its strategic intent, the Build Back Better World initiative could be a huge win for global welfare, sustainable development, and multilateralism.

An SGR passenger train travels past the town of Sultan Hamud, Kenya, in front of a blue sky with clouds on February 13, 2019.

March 26, 2021

Kenya
Kenya Will Play A Vital Role in Addressing Multiple Security Challenges

Surrounded by regional turmoil and managing complicated domestic politics, the pressure is rising on Kenya, a critically important economic and security partner to the United States, to help shape a …

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, speaks virtually during the 75th annual UN General Assembly, which was held mostly virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York, United States, September 23, 2020.