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  • The world watches as Abiy loses it — and risks losing Ethiopia, too. September 17, 2021
    Originally published by Responsible Statescraft on September 17, 2021. Out of the headlines, the civil war in Ethiopia rages on. Thousands are dying in bloody battles between Tigrayan resistance fighters and the ill-trained recruits that the Ethiopian government is deploying to shore up its shattered army. More than 200 massacre sites have been documented in [...] The […]
    Alex DeWaal
  • Precondition for Tigray Negotiations: Secure Communications September 15, 2021
    To end a war, enemies have to talk. Even if they start off refusing to meet each other face to face, they can speak to a mediator. Skilled mediators gain trust with the warring leaders and then use that rapport to encourage those leaders to open direct negotiations. Every peacemaker’s memoir describes how such personal […]
    Alex DeWaal

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News & Media

BBC NEWS | August 3, 2021

"Ethiopia goes through historical cycles of being robust and then precarious and it's at one of those very, very precarious moments," says Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation in the US.

Al JAZEline of hungry children waiting for foodERA | July 2, 2021

Alex de Waal writes on Abiy’s decision on humanitarian access and a country that could hold together, or a starvation blockade and national disintegration.

Gen Tsadkan Gebretensae blk & white photoBBC NEWS | June 30, 2021

A former army general has found himself at the centre of a rebellion against the Ethiopian government in the mountainous Tigray region, writes Alex de Waal.

children in line for food tigrayTHE TELEGRAPH | June 25, 2021

Alex de Waal argues for a "safe haven" in the skies above a devastated Tigray.

Ethiopians in line to voteNPR | June 22, 2021

Ethiopia's Abiy, A Nobel Winner Tarnished By The Violence In Tigray, Is Facing Voters


Battling the flue pandemic 1918THE BAFFLER | June 21, 2021

The Unwinnable War on Disease: an excerpt from Alex de Waal's new publication "New Pandemics, Old Politics.