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Reimagining the Meaning of the…

On my final morning in Aksum, I decided to climb the mountain behind the field of obelisks to photograph the rounded top of one of the obelisks, at sunrise. I began to wonder if the ancient Aksumites could have been captivated by the same thing I was…

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Horn of Africa and the Red Sea

The Horn of Africa has never historically defined itself as a region. It is diverse in physical and human geography, with extraordinary lin-guistic diversity, and with equal numbers of Christians and Muslims. Its peoples are linked to Africa, the…

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Ethiopia and Eritrea:The Waiting…

What Is the Game?

Ethiopia’s policy towards Eritrea, despite some periodic allegiance for regime change that comes with minimal or even nominal support for Eritrean opposition groups and equally periodic muscle…

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UAE and Its Relations with the…

This article briefly describes and investigates the relationship of Unit-ed Arab Emirates (UAE) with countries of the Horn of Africa, main-ly Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. With a…

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" While the new federal system entrenched and empowered ethno national groups, there is an evolving conception of identity and diversity where one observes a shift from…

" While the Ethiopian Foreign Policy and National Security Strategy has been fruitful for more than a decade, significant changes have taken place in Ethiopia, the region…

" The central concept here is for the Ethiopian state to strike a balance whereby every ethnic group develops a sense of belonging to the state either…


Discourse

We launch this maiden issue of DISCOURSE with a distinct focus on a region that we all know best. That the lead topic canvasses Ethiopia and Eritrea; and a bit beyond as relates to both, should not come as a surprise. The conflict between the two counties, bearing various shades and colors is, shall we say, raging. It is a stalemate, to say the least; one of the longest we have ever known. And that, as one astute observer of the Ethio-Eritrean dynamics- at the cost of being perhaps too simplistic- once sur-mised, is because ‘there is so much shared history.’

Ethiopia and Eritrea:The Waiting Game

The containment policy can no more be maintained without subverting Ethiopia’s indispensable role as a stabilizing force in the region. The urgency of the matter on both Eritrea’s and Ethiopia’s sides calls for a radical change in strategy that prioritizes…

Time for Americans to Learn a New Vocabulary

Americans always talk down to the world, or lecture is more like. They have what Gunter Grass would describe as "sleep walker’s cer-tainty" about the moral superiority of American leadership, left…

Getachew Reda

Save South Sudan from Fragmentation

This author had the pleasure of working with Doug Cosper, a veter-an American media professional at a UN radio station in South Su-dan. Cosper recently published on his website letters that…

Michael Minassie

The OBOR: What is in There for Africa?

Africa would fare far better if it recognizes China's Belt and Road initiative for what it is - as the advent of yet another center of globalization (this time emanating from and influenced by the rising East) as the second wave of globalization and…

Melaku Mulualem

My Encounter with President Barack Obama

When I invited President Obama to touch one of Lucy’s bones he was very excit-ed. It appeared to be an electrifying moment for him, as it was for all of us who witnessed it.

Zeresenay Alemseged

Refined Diplomatic Power of Ancient Ethiopia

Aksum stood firm in its doctrinal solidarity with Athanasius, but at the same time, it successfully retained its strategic alliance with Constantinople. This might be interpreted as one of the earliest evidence suggesting the assertiveness of Ethio-pia’s…

Ayele Bekerie

Reimagining the Meaning of the Aksumite Obelisk

On my final morning in Aksum, I decided to climb the mountain behind the field of obelisks to photograph the rounded top of one of the obelisks, at sunrise. I began to wonder if the ancient Aksumites could have been captivated by the same thing I was…

Chester Higgins With Betsy Kissam


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Federalism, Diversity & Development in Ethiopia

While the new federal system entrenched and empowered ethno national groups, there is an evolving conception of identity and diversity where one observes a shift from focus on diversity to building one political and economic community.

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Revamping Ethiopia’s Foreign Policy Strategy

While the Ethiopian Foreign Policy and National Security Strategy has been fruitful for more than a decade, significant changes have taken place in Ethiopia, the region and as well as the world over the past several years. Ethiopia thus needs a new for-eign…

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Nation-Building in Ethiopia: In Search of an Enduring Direction

The central concept here is for the Ethiopian state to strike a balance whereby every ethnic group develops a sense of belonging to the state either as part of the glorified legacy or the promising future. The work of crafting an enduring political model…

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Time for Americans to Learn a New Vocabulary

Americans always talk down to the world, or lecture is more like. They have what Gunter Grass would describe as "sleep walker’s cer-tainty" about the moral superiority of American leadership, left…

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