Could a National Dialogue Solve Ethiopia’s Political Crisis?

USIP | It is time to talk about the common challenges that every Ethiopian faces. While the recent conflict in Tigray renewed international focus on Ethiopia, more challenges lie ahead, including elections now scheduled for June 5. The state of Ethiopia’s political transition is contested, and the country remains polarized. However, as Ethiopian scholars Emebet Getachew, […]

Ethiopia’s worsening crisis threatens regional, Mideast security

Source: Al-Monitor | Payton Knopf and Jeffrey Feltman With the Horn of Africa increasingly becoming an integral part of the Middle East’s security landscape, the fallout from Ethiopia’s current crisis will have a significant impact on states of the region. The Gulf Arabs recognize a strategic reality that has eluded the stove-piped US foreign and security […]

The Unfolding Conflict in Ethiopia

Testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International OrganizationsCongressional Testimony | BY: Susan Stigant | Thursday, December 3, 2020 Susan Stigant, director of Africa Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, testified on December 3, 2020 at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human […]

Statement on Ethiopia by the Senior Study Group on Peace and Security in the Red Sea Arena

Source: USIP As members of the bipartisan senior study group on peace and security in the Red Sea arena, we are watching with grave concern the situation in Ethiopia. While many of the facts remain unclear, the risks of escalation are certain: Intrastate or interstate conflict would be catastrophic for Ethiopia’s people and for the region and […]

“America First” and Implications for US Strategy in the Horn of Africa

Source: Small Wars | Richard McManamon Abstract Since taking office, President Trump has challenged the global order with his “America First” approach. He has questioned the role of the US and its Allies within NATO, exited the Paris Climate Accord, and entered into a trade battle with China. At the same time, the Trump administration […]

What Ethiopia’s Brewing Conflict Means for the Country—and the Region

Source: Small Wars | Aly Verjee and Susan Stigant | USIP Publication A protracted conflict between the federal government and the Tigray region is still not inevitable, but it will require both sides to choose another path. Violent conflict between the federal government of Ethiopia and the federal state of Tigray, in the country’s north, […]

Ethiopia’s Problems Will Not End with a Military Victory

Substantial efforts are needed to reduce political tensions ahead of elections in 2021. USIP Publication: Aly Verjee | Tuesday, November 24, 2020 As violence continues over control of the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray, Ethiopia’s future remains unsettled, even if the conflict ends soon. Achieving the federal government’s security objectives in Tigray is unlikely to […]