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The surging humanitarian toll

“Africa is a tragedy. It is the most backward of the inhabited continents. It is a continent in which nothing seems to go right,” wrote the late Mesfin Woldemariam (Prof), the acclaimed Ethiopian human rights activist, politician and scholar in his book The Horn of Africa: Conflict and Poverty published in 1999.

Slim hopes of negotiation for the war in Tigray

The rivalry and war of words between the central government and the regional government in Tigray led by the Prosperity Party and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) respectively have been going for more than two years to finally culminate in military confrontation.

Ethiopia at war

From a state of insecurity, mass displacement and ethnic conflicts for about two years now, Ethiopia has entered a new level: a state of war.

Pulling the plug off an already failed state

In line with its long history of attracting the attention of many international actors for reasons ranging from military strategy to humanitarian assistance, Somalia has once again been the focus of international dialogues this week. The “attention” was not towards the million or so refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, the severe malnutrition among the Somali population or the apparent humanitarian emergency devastating the country.

National dialogue: concept aloof to Ethiopian elite

As common prescription for healing the wounds of the past, national reconciliation, national dialogue and national consensus are the most commonly suggested remedies by the different political actors, elites, scholars and notable public figures in Ethiopian political, social, economic and historical affairs.

Future of escalating Federal–Tigray tension

The dispute between the federal government and the Tigray Regional Government seems to have reached a tipping point. The small bubbles that have been building up for more than two years since the last General Assembly of the defunct four-party coalition of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) in Hawassa, look to have gathered mass and the resulting tornado approaching the shores.

Another Tough year

Today marks the beginning of a New Year in the Ethiopian calendar. For the past 12 months, the country has gone through ups and downs, which is seldom seen in few illustrative graphs.

Transformative tourism

As part of his reform agenda, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has emphasized on revitalizing the tourism sector as part of his three year, USD 10 billion, Homegrown Economic Reform Program.

Deciphering new ruling party’s identity

One of the major decisions taken by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) after assuming the chairmanship of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), back in February 2018, was to pull the trigger on the transition of the Front to a single unified party which had been under discussion for so many years.