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How Ethiopia’s peace offer caught Eritrea’s regime by surprise

From al Jazeera Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki cannot afford to ignore Ethiopia’s peace offer. by Abraham T Zere 11 Jun 2018 Isaias Afwerki has been Eritrea’s president since 1993 [Reuters/James Akena] On June 5, Ethiopia announced it would fully accept and implement the 2000 Algiers Peace Accord that ended its border war with Eritrea. It also said it would accept […]

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 […]

Ethiopia says it is ready to implement Eritrea peace deal and privatize parts of the economy

From The Washington Post Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, talks to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Nairobi, May 7. (Reuters) By Paul SchemmJune 5 at 2:30 PMEmail the author ADDIS ABABA, Ethi­o­pia — Ethiopia’s ruling party announced Tuesday plans to implement a long-moribund peace deal with Eritrea, opening the way for improved relations after 18 years […]

Ethiopia ‘accepts peace deal’ to end Eritrea border war

From BBC Image copyrightAFPImage captionEthiopia had refused to remove its troops from the region around Badme, the dusty market town at the centre of the dispute Ethiopia’s governing coalition has announced it will fully accept and implement the peace deal that ended its border war with Eritrea. It says it will accept the outcome of […]

De-Mystifying the Ethiopian Constitution (Part 1)

The Strathink Editorial Team presents here Part 1 of its series this week on the 1994 Ethiopian Constitution. In today’s atmosphere of change, Strathink would like to remind its readers that Ethiopia is a nation governed by the rule of law–its legal framework spelled out in the 1994 Constitution. Genuine change can only take place […]

The Election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed

April 5, 2018

by the Strathink Editorial Team This week the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Party (EPRDF) voted for Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister following the resignation of Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn. Dr. Abiy Ahmed leads the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), one of the four parties of the Front. In a parliamentary system, the governing party elects the country’s […]

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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Marks Milestone, Approaches Completion

April 5, 2018

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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American Hypocrisy: H.R. 128

March 28, 2018

by The Strathink Editorial Team U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado, is calling on Congress to put House Resolution (H.R.) 128 to a vote following legislative postponement last month. What is H.R. 128? The resolution calls for the U.S. Department of State to review security assistance for Ethiopia unless certain conditions are met […]

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Abiy Ahmed elected as chairman of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition

March 27, 2018

EPRDF picks Abiy Ahmed as its chairman, paving the way for the Oromo leader to become Ethiopia’s prime minister. Mass protests erupted in Ethiopia’s populous Oromia region in 2015 [File: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]   Ethiopia’s ruling coalition has elected Abiy Ahmed as its new chairman, according to state media. The announcement on Tuesday by state broadcaster FANA means […]

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Why Facebook Should Facedown

March 25, 2018

This piece came in from one or our readers. It discusses the profoundly negative role social media, especially Facebook, is playing in Ethiopian politics, especially among the Ethiopian Diaspora. By Shilla Mereb 22 March 2018, Addis Ababa I chose to write this reflection because a friend of mine urged me to do so while discussing […]

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The challenge now is to renew Ethiopia with what is right with Ethiopia

March 23, 2018

  By The Strathink Editorial Team For the last several years, Ethiopia has been in the midst of a serious political crisis. Civil unrest in various parts of the country, particularly Oromia, triggered the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Ethiopia’s governing party, is undergoing what it calls […]

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

March 20, 2018

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

March 16, 2018

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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“Democracy is Not Easy”: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Ethiopia

March 9, 2018

“We encourage the Ethiopian people as well to maintain patience, maintain support for your government through this change or this transition but also through this journey of pursuing democracy which takes time and effort. Democracy is not easy, it takes a lot of work.” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson This week U.S. Secretary of […]

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Ethiopia’s Patriotic Middle Ground

February 28, 2018

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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