Category: Opinion

Assessing the One Year of Abiy’s Premiership

“Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past.” (Marx) That in the…
Charisma: Is it a Path for Ethiopia?

Thanks to a friend, I recently read an article written by Andreas Eshete and Samuel Assefa for a conference held in Addis Ababa and titled “Reflections on Expanding Ethiopia’s Democratic Space”. The article takes note of Ethiopia’s turn toward a…
Political reform in Ethiopia eludes people of Gambella

When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Gambella by the end of May 2018, he noticed how far the region was lagging behind in its overall development compared to most regions of the country. He later brought these concerns before the parliament,…
The intellectual project of Global Ethiopia (part two)

Locating Ethiopia Even though Ethiopia is widely mentioned in great Classical mythologies, maps, art, sculptures, poetry, war narratives, it has always been difficult to establish the country or its people in concise geographical and historical contexts on the basis of…