From the monthly archives: August 2023

There is an urgent need to assist former Tigrayan combatants return to civilian life. This demands a relief program. It should not be confused with disarmament demobilization and reintegration (DDR). Today, we published a new report explaining why this is so.

Emerging from the Permanent Cessation of Hostilities agreement between the […]

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Writing in 2005, Erik Luna contributed an apt characterization of American mass incarceration: “the escalation of ‘law and order’ politics in recent years has created a one-way ratchet in U.S. governance, churning out an ever-increasing number of crimes and severity of punishments” (pg. 719). This approach to criminal justice dominated for decades, beginning in […]

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Like most contemporary wars, Sudan’s war cannot be reduced to a contest between two sides. It’s more complicated—and best understood in context of the history of the Sudanese state and its wars.

The Sudanese state was born two hundred years ago as an instrument for plundering an imperial periphery. Khartoum and its immediate environs became […]

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Plans for post-conflict reconstruction and reparation are not yet in sight

The two years’ war destroyed the social and economic infrastructure of Tigray region. Over eighty percent of health infrastructure, schools, and water infrastructure have been destroyed. Most factories (public and private) are either fully destroyed and/or ransacked with key elements of their machinery and […]

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Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe

Readers may remember my previous three-part post ‘Mekelle: A city under siege’ written in February 2022. That post attempted to show readers what a city under siege looks like by covering some facets of life in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray. Most people will assume that the siege has been lifted […]

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I’m both honored and humbled to be the 2023 recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Huxley Award. Established in 1900, the recipients include some of the luminaries of the discipline, such as Marcel Mauss, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Edward Evans-Pritchard, Mary Douglas, Pierre Bourdieu and Anna Tsing. I completed my DPhil in social anthropology in 1988 […]

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