Securing Foreign Water

Phillip Norré Sørensen, Oscar Allen, Cornelius Vincent Bøgelund Andersen & Camila Laura Paredes Møller

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This study investigates how riparian countries can share a transboundary water source and what potential conflict can be observed. In relation to the research question of does Egypt’s hydro-hegemony create conflict, competition, or cooperation with Ethiopia after the announcement of the GERD and how do we see this through securitization of the transboundary water in the Blue Nile-, this study uses the theories of hydro-hegemony and securitization to answer the problem statement. As a tool of solving, the performative aspects of the frameworks produce the empirical groundwork to use speeches of former and current political leaders from Egypt and Ethiopia. In conclusion, Ethiopia uses securitization successfully on the Nile River as a mean to gain economic development. In contrast to Egypt, where there is no successful securitization of the water security. From this we see a shift in the referent object after 2015, which is creating a norm of cooperation between the countries. Therefore, the intensity of the conflict is between unstable cooperation and competition.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider58
VejledereThorkil Casse


  • water war
  • security
  • egypt
  • ethiopia
  • GERD
  • Nile
  • Copenhagen School
  • Transboundery relations
  • Hydro hegemony