The Impact of Ethiopia’s Peace Agreement for the Horn of Africa
Virtual Briefing Series
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
After two years of civil war between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian government and with the support from (its unlikely ally) Eritrea, a peace agreement was signed in November 2022. However, the future of Ethiopia remains uncertain. Several key challenges remain including Eritrea’s involvement in the war, TPLF disarmament, and keeping Ethiopian peace and unity. More importantly, war crimes, security force abuses, and deadly ethnic violence have been committed on both sides, deeply affecting civilians. How will Ethiopia and international institutions address these hurdles? How has the war in general affected the politics, governance, and security in the Greater Horn of Africa region? Join our panelists Alan Boswell, director of the Horn of Africa Project at the International Crisis Group, and Michael Woldemariam, professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for International & Security Studies at Maryland, on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in a virtual panel discussion to learn more about the peace agreement and its potential consequences.
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Alan Boswell is the director of the Horn of Africa Project at the International Crisis Group and, since 2019, hosts Crisis Group’s fortnightly The Horn podcast. He joined Crisis Group in 2018 as the senior analyst for South Sudan.
Alan has worked for over a decade in East Africa. He started his career as a Nairobi-based journalist in 2009, then covered Sudan’s divorce into two countries as a Juba-based journalist in 2010-2011 before returning to Nairobi as an Africa correspondent, reporting from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Central African Republic, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Alan has written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Time magazine, The Atlantic, and a variety of U.S. newspapers.
Following the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan, Alan served as a formal adviser and researcher for a number of organisations, including the United Nations, USAID, U.S. Institute of Peace, European Institute of Peace, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Friedrich Egbert Stiftung and World Peace Foundation. Prior to joining Crisis Group, Alan regularly published conflict research through the Small Arms Survey and was an associate of the Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics.
Professor Michael Woldemariam
Michael Woldemariam is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for International & Security Studies at Maryland. Woldemariam’s teaching and research interests are in African security studies, with a particular focus on armed conflict in the Horn of Africa. Woldemariam’s scholarly work has been published in a wide-range of peer-reviewed journals, most recently in Contemporary Security Policy and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. His popular essays have appeared in outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and Current History. His first book, Insurgent Fragmentation in the Horn of Africa: Rebellion and Its Discontents, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2018. In addition to his scholarly work, Woldemariam has consulted with a number of international organizations, primarily on issues related to politics, governance, and security in the Greater Horn of Africa region. He holds a BA from Beloit College, and MA and PhD degrees from Princeton University.
Prior to joining SPP, Woldemariam was a tenured faculty member at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and the Director of its African Studies Center. He has also worked as a research specialist with Princeton University’s Innovations for Successful Societies program and held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Penn State’s African Research Center. In 2020-21, Woldemariam served on the Democratic staff at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee through a Council on Foreign Relations fellowship.
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