The AU’s choice of Olusegun Obasanjo as chief mediator raises even more questions about its partiality in Ethiopian conflict.
In principle, most conflicts end with peace negotiations. In the Ethiopian situation, it is a matter of when, not if.
When humanitarian agencies are obliged to stop operations by political decision or because of huge physical insecurity, the poorest and most vulnerable succumb first through starvation and disease.
Africa needs to embrace a new approach that focuses on what countries in an embattled region – as a ‘community’ of regional states – can do to intervene.
Instead of fanning the flames, the West needs to be even-handed in bringing the warring sides to the table.
A new government with popular legitimacy will have power to address lingering political, economic and security challenges.
Ethiopian politicians, both opposition and incumbents, have found it difficult to undo the political culture of winning by elimination.
Ethiopian history shows that the demands of its young people can’t go unaddressed for long.
If a country refuses, or blocks, humanitarian aid this act violates international law.
Ethiopia’s party system is extremely volatile due to the prevalence of weakly institutionalised and fragmented political parties.
The crisis in Tigray could have a spillover effect that will destabilise the Horn of Africa.
Had the national government and Tigray state government attempted to engage in intergovernmental dialogue, things might have turned out differently.
The Ethiopian premier is manipulating ethnic rivalries to shift the agenda from democratic reform to authoritarianism.
The tensions that had been simmering between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Abiy administration eventually boiled over.
Crisis grips Ethiopia as political divisions spill over into armed conflict and potential civil war looms.
He’s a brooding, taciturn figure, who has dominated Eritrean politics since the 1970s, and there are few signs of an effective challenge to his rule.
The proposed cooperation promises to address transnational problems within the three countries but it might alienate the rest of East Africa.
There needs to be greater clarity on the nature of the crisis for an informed and meaningful intervention.
Ahmed Abiy has his work cut out to unify a nation divided along tribal lines
The outspoken singer always considered himself to be at risk, and in Ethiopia people loved him because he didn’t let that risk keep him quiet.