Goodbye global trade I Elusive dam deal

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020


For Chinese multinationals such as TikTok and Huawei, the world is no longer their oyster. They are finding it harder to do business in the west as sentiment towards Beijing grows more negative. Both are now looking to concentrate in a single region: Huawei in Asia and TikTok potentially in the west. On one level this is about geopolitics, says Zhongdong Niu, but it also symbolises a wider move away from globalisation.

In other news, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has been nearly a decade in the making. The 6,450 megawatt hydropower project, located about 30km upstream from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, has sent ripples through the region, stirring up old tensions and triggering new ones. Ashok Swain explains the legacies that have complicated a deal being struck between the three countries most affected, and sets out why he doesn’t believe the unresolved issues will lead to conflict.

Steven Vass

Economy Editor


Huawei and TikTok are at the forefront of a new drift to regionalism – many others will follow

Zhongdong Niu, Edinburgh Napier University

As world trade breaks down into a patchwork of regional blocs, it raises questions about the future of global multinationals.

Construction workers stand next to rock wall at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia on December 26, 2019.

How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation

Ashok Swain, Uppsala University

Despite previous threats by Egypt of military action, a war of over the Nile waters is not a serious possibility.

Culture + Society

Why is Eid celebrated twice a year and how has coronavirus changed the festival?

Ken Chitwood, Concordia College New York

Muslims throughout the world will celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Festival of Sacrifice, beginning at sundown on July 30, but the coronavirus has changed many things.

Booker Prize: refreshingly diverse longlist with plenty of new writers – but let’s see if Hilary Mantel wins her third

Stevie Marsden, University of Leicester

The Booker Prize has always struggled with inclusivity.


Tanzania’s Benjamin Mkapa: the peace maker, true East African and Pan-Africanist

Kjell Johannes Havnevik, University of Agder

Mkapa’s presidency is particularly significant since it represents the first phase of Tanzanian multi-party democracy.

Kashmir: new domicile rules spark fresh anger a year after India removed region’s special status

Leoni Connah, Lancaster University

Non-Kashmiris can now apply for domicile in the region, giving them access to jobs and property that were previoulsy reserved for Kashmiris.

Insecurity underpins property rights in Lagos – no matter what class you are

Tom Goodfellow, University of Sheffield; Olly Owen, University of Oxford

In Lagos, many people pay property tax not because they receive public services but to feel more secure and create a record of their presence.

Sexism is rife in the Nigerian, Kenyan and South African press. And it’s left unchecked

Lindsey Blumell, City, University of London; Dinfin Mulupi, University of Maryland

Eradicating sexism in newsrooms will benefit both men and women.

En Français

Mars 2020 lance la formidable quête d’échantillons martiens

Michel Viso, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES)

La mission Mars 2020 décolle aujourd’hui de Cap Canaveral. Elle prépare le retour sur Terre d’échantillons martiens — un défi immense sur les plans scientifique, d’ingénierie et de sécurité biologique.

Gisèle Halimi : Plaider pour changer le monde

Kmar Bendana, Université de la Manouba

Gisèle Halimi, figure d’un XXᵉ siècle en ébullition, a croisé des situations qui ont laissé une trace écrite et orale en France, au Maghreb et jusqu’en Palestine


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