Ethiopia

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak at the State Department.

Biden Mulls Special Envoy for Horn of Africa

The post, if created, would bring more diplomatic firepower to the brewing crisis in Ethiopia as members of Biden’s cabinet and other senior State Department nominees await confirmation.

Ethiopian soldiers stand with children behind them

How to Stop Ethnic Nationalism From Tearing Ethiopia Apart

The 1994 Ethiopian Constitution celebrated self-determination, but it laid the groundwork for today’s violence. Devolution could offer a way out.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed looks on at the House of Peoples Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 30, 2020.

All Is Not Quiet on Ethiopia’s Western Front

How Addis Ababa deals with ethnic violence in the region of Benishangul-Gumuz will determine the country’s future.

A person stands below an Ethiopian flag during a blood donation rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Nov. 12.

Is Ethiopia the Next Yugoslavia?

A country that once seemed to hold great promise for peaceful democratization has descended into conflict. Here’s what could happen next.

Members of the Somali military watch as firefighters work to extinguish a blaze after a car bomb exploded in Mogadishu on Jan. 29, 2019.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2021

The world in 2021 will be haunted by the legacies of 2020: an ongoing pandemic, an economic crisis, Donald Trump’s divisive presidency—and new threats emanating from wars and climate change.

A near-empty square in Stockholm

Our Top Weekend Reads

Swedes can’t figure out their government’s coronavirus approach, a progressive push on U.S. foreign policy, and an honest assessment of the Arab Spring’s fallout.

A young man pushes a cart in front of Tigrayan flags at Martyrs Square in the city of Mekelle, on Sept. 9, 2020.

The War in Tigray Is a Fight Over Ethiopia’s Past—and Future

The current conflict is the latest battle in a long-running war over the country’s identity as a unitary or federal state. The United States can restore its credibility as an honest broker by helping resolve it.

Workers move iron girders from a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba, Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

Ethiopia Needs the United States to Act as an Honest Broker in the Nile Dam Dispute

As East Africa faces a triple crisis from COVID-19, floods, and locusts, cutting U.S. aid to the Ethiopian government is not the solution. Neutral mediation to resolve the GERD dispute can result in a win-win situation.

People walk in front of Ethiopian flags marking the new Ethiopian Millennium on Sept. 10, 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia’s Government and the TPLF Leadership Are Not Morally Equivalent

The leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front are seeking to manipulate the international community into backing a power-sharing deal that grants it impunity for past crimes and gives it far more future influence over the country than it deserves.

Heavily armed Ethiopian soldiers deployed in Somalia as part of the African Union peacekeeping mission patrol in Beledweyne, Somalia, on December 14, 2019. (Photo by Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images)

U.N. Fears Ethiopia Purging Ethnic Tigrayan Officers From Its Peacekeeping Missions

An internal United Nations document shows concern those troops could face torture or execution.

Ethiopian soldiers and thousands of mourners attend the official state funeral of Ethiopia's late prime minister, Meles Zenawi

Our Top Weekend Reads

The real grievances behind the Ethiopian conflict, Pompeo acknowledges that the two-state solution is dead, and a look at a possible Pentagon pick.

Ethiopian soldiers and thousands of mourners attend the official state funeral of Ethiopia's late prime minister, Meles Zenawi

Tigray’s War Against Ethiopia Isn’t About Autonomy. It’s About Economic Power.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is fighting the country’s revanchist old regime, which is intent on recapturing the economic and political influence it once held.

Members of a military band attend an event to honor Ethiopia’s national defense forces in Addis Ababa, on Nov. 17.

Violence in Ethiopia Doesn’t Stay There

Biden should learn from Carter and head off further conflict while he still can.

Youth from the Sidama ethnic group, the largest in southern Ethiopia, ride in the back of a truck during celebrations over plans by local elders to declare the establishment of a breakaway region for the Sidama later this week, in Awasa, Ethiopia on July 15, 2019.

It’s Not Too Late to Stop the Ethiopian Civil War From Becoming a Broader Ethnic Conflict

Western and regional powers are more divided than they were during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, but they can still exert influence to prevent the fragmentation of Ethiopia’s federal system.

Members of the Amhara militia

Sudan Will Decide the Outcome of the Ethiopian Civil War

As Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed goes to war against Ethiopia’s former rulers—the Tigray People’s Liberation Front—Khartoum’s moves will determine whether the conflict remains a local affair or a regional conflagration.

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