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A conversation about Gramsci on the Nile

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By Emanuele Fantini, Filippo Menga and Ana Elisa Cascão

Tensions escalated recently between Ethiopia and Egypt around the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). In this controversy, the media is not only the space where the conflict publicly unfolds, but also one of the main players in shaping it. A few months ago, the authors started a conversation on these topics. Now, it continues here.

dam ethiopia Construction site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), during a visit of 25 journalists from the Eastern Nile Basin. Photo credits: A.E. Cascão

Emanuele:  At the end of October, I attended for the first time the Nile Basin Development Forum and I got surprised by the attention that the organisers – the Nile Basin Initiative – devoted to the media when discussing transboundary negotiations, projects and policies.

A few weeks later, at the time negotiations on the GERD between Ethiopia…

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