Explaining Metekel Syndrome: Revisiting the Prolonged Ethnic Violence

Dagnachew Ayenew Yeshiwas* (for CARD**) In the last few days, almost the whole mainstream and social media discourses have been predominantly overwhelmed by reports and analysis on violence in Metekel, following the recent attack on September 4 and 5 against members of Agew and Amhara ethnic groups. Reports revealed that the attack was carried out […]

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Universities as Contested Terrain: Making sense of Violent conflicts in Ethiopian Universities

By Yonas Ashine (Ph.D) Introduction  Identity politics dominate the political history of modern Ethiopia. The division in Ethiopian society is based on contested identities which have been mobilized to create notions of belonging and citizenship, as well as making enemy-friend distinction. Such mobilizations and the responses from the state are the root causes of violence […]

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Ethnic-Based Conflicts in Ethiopia’s Higher Education: The Case of Debre Berhan University

By Zekarias B. Abebe Introduction This study intends to explore the conflict dynamics in Ethiopia’s higher education with specific reference to Debre Berhan University. It sheds light on the triggers and some of the structural problems that engender ethnic-based conflicts in a university set-up. As part of the university community for more than seven years, […]

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