Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development (EIIPD)

Founded in 1996, EIIPD is a leading institution and center of excellence for credible research and training on the issues of diplomacy, democracy, peace and development in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa at large. http://eiipdethiopia.org/

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Who will “tear down” the Wall of Hostility between Ethiopia and Eritrea?

The most recent kidnapping events of Ethiopian citizens by Eritrean forces, and an Ethiopian military containment as a reprisal to its action, reflect foreign policy actions of the two countries in recent years. These have largely been limited to reactive actions by the Ethiopian government and provocations by the Eritrean government. Provocation and (military) reprisal seem to have been the...

Barack Obama “Discovered” Africa for America

The theme of the US Africa Summit held in Washington DC, in August 2014, was “Investing in the Next Generation”. This 3 day summit was the first such summit organized between America and Africa. President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States took the initiative to hold the Summit. Fifty African Heads of State and government officials had been invited. The leaders attending the...

Butterfly Effect of the Arab Spring

The root of the “Chaos Theory”, which is used in such fields as mathematics, physics, meteorology, and engineering, is the hypothesis presented in 1972 by Edward Lorenz, an American meteorologist, in New York, entitled, “Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” He stated in his presentation that, “A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in...

Africa : From “Cradle of Mankind” to “Spare Parts” of Mankind?

Some solutions to the problem of organ trading is: the narrowing gap of the inequalities, developing legislation on organ transplant, implementations of international conventions, controlling forced migrations, awareness creations, punishing traffickers, and ethical utilization of transplant technology. Africa is the home of many of the poorest and most vulnerable peoples of the world....

No End in Sight for South Sudan’s Crisis

Abel Abate Demissie and Dr Mehari Taddele Maru insist that should Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) succeed in ending the current civil war in South Sudan, they would perform an important service to the people of this country. This would result in revitalizing the role of its collective leadership and decision-making, and transforms itself into a popular, democratic movement that...

Ethiopia's Policy Towards the AU : Time to Look Beyond Unique Contributions & Special Responsibilities

The Foreign Affairs and National Security Policy and Strategy (FANSPS) is Ethiopia’s well articulated foreign and security policy. Its substantive anchor on development and stability as well as geographic focus on the Horn of Africa and Egypt reflects divergence from previous regime’s assessment of the state of affairs of Ethiopia and the means (including diplomacy) necessary to move forward....

America is Coming to Africa: a Comparison with China

"President Barack Obama visited some African countries in June 2013. Later, he announced that there would be an American-African summit in August of 2014 in Washington. For this purpose he has extended invitation letters to African leaders with the exception of leaders “who do not have good relations with the US, or those whose membership had been suspended by the AU [the African Union].”...

Marriage Between Realism and Liberalism in Uganda

"The field of international relations has various interesting theories that define the interaction of countries in the world arena. Among other theories realism and liberalism are the two major theories. According to these theories, there are different actors in the international system. States, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and multi- national corporations are...

Foreign Policy Convergence between Ethiopia and America

During the reign of Emperor Menelik II in 1900, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia was established. The diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and the United States was established after three years in 1903. During the monarchical period of Ethiopia (1931-1974) the relations between the two countries was in a good condition, but during the military regime (1974-1991) the relations...

Striding Towards Better Relations (Ethio-China Relations)

Some scholars from Western countries have started criticizing China for practicing "neo-colonialism" in Africa, while economic relations between China and African countries are becoming stronger. How can Ethiopia, which was never colonized during the scramble of Africa, be a victim of "neo-colonialism"? On the contrary, the above accounts of the bilateral relations show that...

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