The Renaissance Dam Project in Ethiopia: Will it bring sustainable energy for millions or a ‘major geopolitical crisis’?

Date:           16 May 2018

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.  Registration is requested as space is limited (registration form below).

Summary: Construction of what will be Africa’s largest, and the world’s 7th largest, hydroelectric power-producing dam, continues despite challenges.  Internal Ethiopian political turmoil is only the beginning.  Egypt greatly fears the impact of the loss of precious Nile water, and has threatened military force to prevent the dam from being completed.  At the same time, regional and global states are jockeying for influence and choosing sides in the debate.  This talk with examine the geopolitical and economic dynamics of what could be a looming regional crisis.

Bio: Dr. Jacqueline H. Wilson has worked on elections and electoral violence prevention since 2002 including electoral work in Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Nigeria.  She is an experienced international election observer, having observed Kenya’s 2002 elections as part of a USAID mission, Sudan’s 2010 election with the Carter Center, and Kenya’s  August, 2017 election.  She conducted conflict resolution programs for the US Institute of Peace for over a decade in over 25 countries and now consults for USIP.  She worked with local peace actors in Sudan, Kenya, and Nigeria to strategize election violence prevention techniques and was faculty for a five-day course on preventing election violence in Africa.  A retired Air Force Reserve Lt Col, she served at the US Embassy in Nairobi from 2001-2003.