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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 …

Butterfly Effect of the Arab Spring

"There are many theories that have been developed by great thinkers in various fields of study. One of them is “Chaos Theory”, used in such fields as mathematics, physics, meteorology, and engineering. The root of this theory is the hypothesis prese…

The African Union and Foreign Policy

"Foreign policy is a set of principles of governments that defines their external relations with other countries. It also serves as an instrument to achieve the national interests of a nation. In implementing their foreign policy, governments manage…

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 re…

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 traffic…

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 reflec…

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…

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 Uni…

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 …

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 mult…

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 th…

Fostering Interaction of People of Ethiopian Eritrean Divide

This document informs about a half-day conference, during which six presentations were discussed and the presenters were from both Ethiopia and Eritrean sides. About 100 participants attended the conference and they represented Eritrean refugees in …

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…

Combating Corruption by Continuing Campaign of Sensitization

"The objective of the seminar was to compile information of what constitutes international illicit financial flows, the mechanisms and instruments by which they are operated, what they mean to Africa, and Ethiopia, and generate awareness on the basi…

Fostering Interaction of People of Ethiopian Eritrean Divide

"Six presentations were discussed during the half-day conference and the presenters were from both Ethiopia and Eritrean sides. About 100 participants attended the conference and they represented Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia. Among the presenters, …

The Dynamics of the Ethiopian Politics: Exercising the Soft Power

"Currently, in the Ethiopian political arena many things attributed as the legacy of late Prime Minster Melese Zenawi. It is also believed to be part of the country history and remained to be continued. Similarly many things urge to be changed. Amon…

Democratic Peace Theory Vis-a-Vis “Energy Peace Theory”

"In writing this short article the author wanted to show the possibility of making peace among African countries. His argument lies in the concept of "Energy Peace Theory". For the purpose of this article “Energy” is defined as any power (with the e…

PM Hailemariam at Helm of “Emerging Giant” Dependable Operating Ground, But Formidable Challenges Remain Challenges of PM Hailemariam Desalegn

"Today, PM Hailemariam is not expected only to bring bread for the survival of the population for a single day rather to maintain or increase the double digit economic growth and fair distribution of wealth among the society. The new Premier is expe…

The Absence of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi And its Implications: What Makes the Party, the Government and the State to Continue in the Absence of the Premier?

"The aim of this brief piece is not to add on the speculations in the public. Rather, the intention is to explain what I think is novel in the political history of Ethiopia. For many people the Prime Minister was the only person who guarantees the p…

Real and Outstanding Developments Related to the Nile

"As experts from Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt met to discuss an under-construction Ethiopian hydropower project, a Wikileaks report stated that Egyptian authorities reached an agreement with Khartoum to build an airbase in Sudan, to launch attacks on E…

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