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Mehari Maru

Mehari Taddele Maru is Program Head for the African Conflict Prevention Program at the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS), Addis Ababa office. He holds a MPA degree from Harvard University and an MSc from the University of Oxford and a LLB from Addis Ababa University. Prior to joining ISS, he was Program Coordinator for Migration at the African Union Commission. Mr. Maru served as Legal Expert at the African Union Commission and as Director of the Addis Ababa University Office for University Reform.  Mr. Maru has long been convinced of the need for civil society to be actively involved in the search for solutions to both local and global issues. To further this goal, he has founded and worked with a variety of civil society institutions such as the African Rally for Peace and Development, African Initiative for a Democratic World Order, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and the Bonn International Centre for Conversion. Among his many civic engagements, he is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development Commission – the largest non-governmental Ethiopian relief and development institution. Mr. Maru is a critic and commentator on Ethiopian and international media outlets. He has been quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Ethiopian Television, and various newspapers on human rights issues, migration, economic governance and international criminal justice.  



  • Migration
  • International Law
  • African Union
  • Peace and Security
  • Management and Policy


  • MPA (Harvard)
  • MSc (Oxford)

Library Articles

Ethiopia's Regional Diplomacies: A Dominant Interpretation of the Horn of Africa

Ethiopia has a long diplomatic history and extensive experience in foreign relations.Previous Ethiopian regimes, particularly Mengistu’s military regime, externalised almost all the country’s problems by focusing on building military defence capabilities against the ‘historical enemies of Ethiopia’. For an extended period, Ethiopia’s main focus has therefore been aimed at addressing external...

South Sudan: National Constitutive Dialogue as the only Way Forward towards a Viable Democratic Constitutional State

Shortly after the early June 2014 agreement was signed to form a transitional government of national unity within 60 days, on 23 June 2014, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led peace talks on South Sudan have adjourned the multi-stakeholders’ consultations. It is to be recalled that the South Sudanese government threatened to withdraw from the IGAD mediation after the...

The Crisis in South Sudan and Its Implications for Ethiopia

"Since 15 December 2013, soldiers loyal to the deposed Vice President, Dr.Riek Machar, have fought against President Salva Kiir’s loyalists in Juba in the vicinity of the Presidential palace. Emboldened by the rebels’ success in controlling Bor, the capital of Jonglei State under General Peter Gatdet, Dr. Riek Machar announced his wish to be the next leader of South Sudan after deposing the...