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The Dividends of Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea

True peace is not just the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. U.S. civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King   By the Strathink Editorial Team The recent gestures by Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isayas Afewerki to resolve the impasse between the two countries following the […]

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Ethiopia’s New Leader: So Far So Good, But Mountains Still to Climb

Ann Fitz-Gerald Commentary, 5 June 2018 Horn of Africa, International Security Studies, Africa Dr Abiye Ahmed is Ethiopia’s new head of the federal government. He has already approved a motion to lift the national state of emergency and released an Ethiopian-born British resident and passport holder. But might these positive developments be precursors to tensions that could be […]

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Fixing Ethiopia’s Narrative in the West

by The Strathink Editorial Team “Fixing Ethiopia Requires More Than a New Prime Minister,” an article written by Ms. Hilary Matfess and published on Lawfare, a foreign policy blog, is a perfect example of how not to write about African politics. In this essay, Ms. Matfess falls into the trap of Western scholarship and media […]

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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Marks Milestone, Approaches Completion

From the Atlantic Council BY J. PETER PHAM The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) nearing completion (Atlantic Council/J. Peter Pham) The April 2 anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2011 passed largely unremarked amid the cascade of momentous news coming recently from Ethiopia, including several […]

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The Eritrea-Sudan border standoff: did Isaias whisper treason?

Martin Plaut In January this year Sudanese troops were sent to man the country’s border with Eritrea. The border was sealed: trade between the neighbouring states ceased. This has caused real hardship for many on both sides of the border – but particularly in Eritrea, which relies on imports from Sudan. So what is behind […]

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The Smartphone Warriors of Minneapolis

by the Strathink Editorial Team Social media is king. The power of social media to influence large groups of people in the blink of an eye is unprecedented in modern history. But with great power comes great responsibility. This week Facebook removed the pages of Britain First from its online social media platform. Britain First […]

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Ethiopia’s Patriotic Middle Ground

For the second time in our history, Ethiopia’s political leader has resigned through a peaceful process. Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dessalegn has left office showing an essential political virtue: patriotic restraint. What this shows is that our country can have normal politics, writes Abdul Mohammed, a regional political analyst. The annals of our history are […]

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Identity Politics in Ethiopia: Some Further Reflection on the Current Crisis (Part 2)

By The Strathink Editorial Team Introduction Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and the government has just declared a state of emergency. Next week, the EPRDF will choose a new Prime Minister. The general consensus appears to support the new Prime Minister coming out of the OPDO. This will be the […]

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Social media from America are stoking Ethiopia’s ethnic violence

February 22, 2018 · 12:30 PM EST By James Jeffrey Overlooking the camps for Somalis displaced by ethnic violence in the lee of the Kolenchi hills in the Somali region. Credit: James Jeffrey/PRI The Ethiopian diaspora in the US uses social media to great effect in shaping coverage of events back home, especially the protest movement that […]

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Ethiopia prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns

From al JAZEERA 23 minutes ago Hailemariam said he will stay on as prime minister in a caretaker capacity until the ruling EPRDF party and parliament name a new premier [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]Ethiopia’s prime minister says he has submitted his resignation as both prime minister and the chairman of the ruling coalition. Hailemariam Desalegn’s announcement comes amid […]

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