After more than 30 years of federalism, ethnic conflict in Ethiopia hasn’t been resolved – but neither has the country disintegrated.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed claims his landlocked country has a right to demand maritime access to a Red Sea port from its neighbors in the Horn of Africa − Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti.
News coverage of Ethiopia’s ethnic conflicts has overshadowed the growing tensions and polarisation between religious communities.
The Nobel Peace Prize has recognized some legendary leaders and peace activists, but it has a mixed track record of recognizing people who actually deserve the prize.
The rhetoric that presents the Amhara people as a national enemy has gone on, unchallenged, for far too long.
Lack of sea access has constrained Ethiopia’s ability to cater for its large population.
Abiy Ahmed’s use of the military to address a critical challenge is likely to fail.
The Nile Basin states are keen to see what kind of deal Ethiopia reaches with Egypt and Sudan.
There is increased demand to join BRICS in the emerging world order, partly as a countervailing power to “the west”.
An African-led process would take into account complex regional dynamics – which would lead to a better and more stable peace agreement.
Governments coming to power riding a wave of youth protests can employ authoritarian tactics to silence dissent from the same movements.
Parties to the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region have agreed to end hostilities after two years. Here is a selection of previously published articles on its devastating consequences.
The African Union needs to launch a credible, robust mediation process with mutually accepted mediators.
Leaders at the centre of the Ethio-Tigray war don’t believe in equal partnership. In their political cultures, winners take all.
The project promises improved living condition for citizens and fosters ambition for international recognition.
Ethiopia’s direct engagement with Somalia’s regional governments will likely weaken the prospects of restoring a functioning Somali state.
Ethiopia’s largest region is pushing for self-determination - it hasn’t gone down well with Abiy Ahmed’s vision of a centralised state.
The origins of Ethiopia’s food crisis can be traced to a bitter feud between Eritrean and Tigrayan liberation fighters.
Heritage sites are sources of historical pride, indigenous knowledge and cultural identity.
Many of the artefacts Ethiopia is famous for are found in Tigray. Their continued destruction could lead to irreversible culture shock and social collapse.