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Golden era of growth fails to mask deeper grievances in Ethiopia

22 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Hanna Blyth, Fragile States Index
Since the end of an almost two-decades long civil war that began in 1991, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has provided relative political stability and enabled strong economic development. Though an inter-state conflict with Eritrea over disputed territory flared in 1998-2000, since the ceasefire was declared between the two countries in December 2000, Ethiopia has been on a path of strong fiscal growth and has become an increasingly respected player within the international community. Ethiopia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has risen from US$8.2 billion in 2000, to an impressive US$61.5 billion in 2015 – coinciding with major injections of foreign capital from development partners. Looking past these golden dollar sign headlines, however, there are signals that deep social and political fissures have the potential to set the country back on a path to conflict.
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Ethiopia Peace Index at a time of global peace deterioration & as violence hits new all-time high

14 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The Institute for Economics and Peace in its The 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI) defines peace as “the harmony achieved by the absence of violence or the fear of violence, which has been described as Negative Peace.”

In turn, Negative Peace is a term the authors of the report explain as “a compliment to Positive Peace which is defined as the attitudes, institutions and structures which create and sustain peaceful societies.” That has been the lens through which they have examined and reflected on the global problems of peace and security situation of 2015 in their 2016 report.
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Democracy unlikely in post-Meles Ethiopia – Analysis

26 Aug

By Jerome Mwanda, IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

NAIROBI (IDN) – The death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has been Ethiopia’s epicentre for 21 years, will have profound national and regional consequences, but democracy and an end to repression appear unlikely, according to analysts.
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