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Ethiopian refugees, who fled fighting in Tigray, receive snacks at a Sudanese border reception centre in November 2020. Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images

The legal implications of humanitarian aid blockades

If a country refuses, or blocks, humanitarian aid this act violates international law.
Members of the Amhara militia ride in the back of a pick up truck, in Mai Kadra, Ethiopia, on November 21, 2020. Amharas and Tigrayans were uneasy neighbours before the current fighting. Photo by Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images

Drums of war were beating for almost two years. Why Ethiopia’s conflict was avoidable

Had the national government and Tigray state government attempted to engage in intergovernmental dialogue, things might have turned out differently.
Ethiopian soldiers in 2005 on a hilltop outpost overlooking the northern town of Badme, in the Tigray region. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

What lies behind the war in Tigray?

The Ethiopian premier is manipulating ethnic rivalries to shift the agenda from democratic reform to authoritarianism.
Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki (left), Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (right) and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Why a proposed Horn of Africa bloc could destabilise the larger region

The proposed cooperation promises to address transnational problems within the three countries but it might alienate the rest of East Africa.
Ethiopian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed must do more to keep the country stable. Hakon Mosvold Larsen/EPA-EFE

Why Ethiopia is in deep trouble, and how it got here

Abiy's administration should stop talking about reform and liberalisation and focus instead on stopping the country from sliding into disarray

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