International Journal of Ethiopian Studies [XIV:1&2] [978-1-59-907275-3]


Author : Elias Wondimu

ISBN Code : 978-1-59-907275-3
Language : English
Pages number : 210
Format : Paperback

Recent developments in Ethiopia are clear reminders that we live in extraordinary times requiring policy reorientation and strategic approaches.  We must avoid the business-as-usual procedures that we have followed for more than two and a half decades.  The political dispensation solely based on ethnicity has brought the nation to the brink of collapse.  A 2009 report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Ethiopia stated that “ethnic federalism has failed to resolve the national question.” It added, “some donors appear to consider food security more important than democracy in Ethiopia, but they neglect the increased ethnic awareness and tensions created by the regionalization policy and their potentially explosive consequences.”  What the ICG described as “potentially explosive consequences” a decade ago have become a reality in today’s Ethiopia. The horrific recurrent attacks based on identity, ethnic pogroms in various regional states, destruction of public and private property, inability of state or traditional institutions to protect the most vulnerable, etc., are more than sufficient reasons for reorienting Ethiopia’s nation-building approach.

The articles presented in this issue represent an endeavor to provide a framework for engaging in constructive dialogue and policy development to guide the nation-building agenda in Ethiopia. Because the authors are from various academic disciplines, this is an interdisciplinary perspective of past and present nation-building in Ethiopia.


Editorial Statement
Nation Building: The issues to be considered by Guest Editor, Zenebe Beyene

1. Nation Building on the Foundations of Division: A Quest for an Effective Communication Strategy and a Policy Intervention by Zenebe Beyene

2. Democratizing an Ethnocratic State: On Ethiopia’s Civil Society by Derese Getachew Kassa

3. Ethnic Identity and National Citizenship in Ethiopia: Towards Bridging the Gap by Data D. Barata

4. Why Nation-Building Lagged State-Building in Ethiopia by Berhanu Abegaz

5. The Ideology of Shebanization and the Birth of the Ethiopian Nation (13th–16th century) by Deresse Ayenachew Woldetsadik

6. The Role and Meaning of a Leader in the Modern History of Ethiopia, 1885 to Present
by Solomon Addis Getahun

7. Confidence Building through Environmental Cooperation Opportunities for Ethiopia and her Neighbors by Reidulf K. Molvaer

8. From a Nation of Citizens to a “Nation of Nations”: National Citizenship without Depth
by Adeno Addis

Origin of Tribalisation of Ethiopian Politics: From Fascism to Fascism by Aleme Eshete

Notes to Contributors

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