From the monthly archives: October 2021

The seizure of power by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Monday was a brazen usurpation of the constitutional order, a selfish effort to protect the privileges of the army, and a betrayal of a succession of promises he himself had made.

Al-Burhan’s action is a military coup, pure and simple: a power grab in defiance […]

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The civil war in Ethiopia is reaching a point at which the government of Ethiopia is actively seeking the intervention of UN Security Council members. It is time for the UNSC to be involved and adopt a resolution. But if it goes about this the wrong way, a UNSC resolution could be an obstacle to […]

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WPF is honored to have our report, ‘African Politics, African Peace,’ on the African Union’s role in mediating conflict, mentioned in an address by former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, on 12 October 2021, before the UN Security Council. Below is the text of his speech, “Peacebuilding and sustainable peace: diversity, statebuilding […]

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By Chidi Odinkalu, Paulos Tesfagiorgis, Alex de Waal and Delia Burns

In March, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) established a joint investigation into alleged violations of human rights committed during the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia. Controversially, the partner was the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The decision has been heavily criticized […]

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Dr. Rebecca Tapscott is a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Politics and International Relations Department. She is also an Ambizione Research Fellow and lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (IHEID), as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include political violence, security, authoritarian […]

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Today, Ethiopia is a land marked by the starkest contrast: feast and famine.

In Addis Ababa, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is holding a lavish celebration to inaugurate his new government, on a scale not seen since the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie almost one hundred years ago. There are vast crowds, parades, state banquets, and […]

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