Ethiopia

A woman washes her hands in the courtyard of her house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 1, 2018.

The Pandemic Is Laying Bare a Global Water Crisis

Insufficient water for washing is likely to worsen the coronavirus in the poorest nations. There’s a better way forward.

A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

The United States Must Not Pick Sides in the Nile River Dispute

Ethiopia and Egypt are at odds over a Nile dam. Washington should be helping them compromise, rather than doing Cairo’s bidding.

Locusts take flight from ground vegetation as young girls run toward their cattle at Larisoro village near Archers Post, Kenya, on Jan. 21.

Top U.S. Aid Chief Warns of Locust Devastation in East Africa

“You really have to go back to decades ago in the U.S., to Dust Bowl days, to understand just how devastating this can be.”

Ethiopia's Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Abiy Ahmed (R) and his wife, Zinash Tayachew, wave to the crowd from the balcony of the Grand Hotel in Oslo on Dec. 10, 2019

Will Abiy Ahmed’s Bet on Ethiopia’s Political Future Pay Off?

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister has disbanded Africa’s largest political party in an effort to reinvent the country’s politics—but some powerful players stand to lose, and they won’t go quietly.

A general view of the Blue Nile as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has been a flash point for tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

Egypt and Ethiopia Said to Be Close to Accord on Renaissance Dam

But talks in Washington haven’t yet solved the trickiest questions still looming over the dam’s impact on countries downstream.

People in Hawassa, Ethiopia, celebrate the results of a referendum

Sidama Statehood Vote Throws a Wrench in Abiy Ahmed’s Plans for Ethiopia

Ethno-regional divisions might tear apart hopes of unifying power at the center.

Ethiopian builders work on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near the Sudanese-Ethiopian border on March 31, 2015.

River of the Dammed

Ethiopia’s continued efforts to dam the Nile could end in war with Egypt. Here’s how to stop that from happening.

Jawar Mohammed, a member of the Oromo ethnic group who has been a public critic of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, addresses supporters outside his home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Oct. 24, a day after his supporters took to the streets, burning tires and blocking roads following rumors of Jawar's mistreatment by security forces.

Ethiopia Will Explode if It Doesn’t Move Beyond Ethnic-Based Politics

Oromo nationalism helped bring Abiy Ahmed to power, but it could also be his undoing. To hold the country together, the Nobel-winning prime minister needs to convince various ethnic groups that he and his new party represent all Ethiopians.

A boy living in a derelict building damaged during the Angolan civil war is seen through a hole in Kuito, in Angola’s Bie province, on June 2.

Africa’s ‘Civil Wars’ Are Regional Nightmares

Long considered domestic issues, the continent’s battles are really international contests for influence and power.

The chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, poses with a picture of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Nobel Institute in Oslo on October 11, 2019.

Will Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Prize Tilt Ethiopia’s Election?

Western leaders long saw the authoritarian Meles Zenawi as an indispensable ally. Now, they’ve found a new hero in Abiy Ahmed. But is the Nobel Prize an effort to make amends or influence Ethiopia’s political future?

A picture of Nobel laureate Abiy Ahmed on display in Norway.

Abiy’s Nobel Achievements Are Real but Brittle

Ethiopia is on the right course. But there’s much more to be done.

Election posters cover a mural of former President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe, on July 30, 2018.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Boris Johnson upends British politics, al Qaeda readies itself for the 18th anniversary of 9/11, and Mugabe is gone, but his legacy is still shaping Zimbabwe.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa pose for a photo with other African leaders on the sidelines of a African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Nov. 17, 2018.

Why Ethiopia Sailed While Zimbabwe Sank

The countries’ leaders both promised change, but only one has delivered.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends a rally in Ambo, Ethiopia, on April 11, 2018.

Ethiopia’s Year of Reckoning

Ahead of elections in 2020, Ethiopia has many problems to address. Here are our top reads on how Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power and what comes next.

Members of the army carry a coffin covered with the Ethiopian flag in Addis Ababa on June 25, in preparation for the funeral service of the Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, Seare Mekonnen, who was assassinated on June 22.

Abiy Ahmed’s Reforms Have Unleashed Forces He Can No Longer Control

Ethiopia’s prime minister oversaw the chaotic release of thousands of prisoners, including many ethnonationalist militants. His amnesty may now be coming back to haunt him.

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