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Bringing the DPIR community online

Teaching, study and assessments continue throughout Trinity Term 2020, using online systems and resources. Academic and administrative staff are working hard to maintain the highest possible standards of education for students through this difficult period.

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Helping understand political and diplomatic challenges at a time of global crisis

DPIR academics are bringing their unique research perspectives to engage with the big questions of the day. During the global COVID-19 pandemic the department is sharing perspectives and research findings from the faculty and advertising opportunities to apply for COVID-19 research funding


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The Oxford University Politics Blog

How Natural Resource (Mis-)management in the Nile River Basin May Threaten Stability

As the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) nears completion, the Nile River Basin is at a crossroads. The next few months will be consequential for relations between countries in the river basin—notably Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt—because dam management upstream could have consequences for the supply of water downstream. Although the three countries began discussions after the project was...