Why Ethiopians are losing faith in Abiy’s promises for peace

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been lauded for his willingness to reform his country's authoritarian political system. But, warns Yohannes Gedamu, some are...

Debate: Democracy vs. Authoritarianism in Africa

DiA's Nic Cheeseman went on the BBC's News Day programme to talk about his new book Authoritarian Africa. But the interview quickly evolved into...

Leaders for a new Africa? A new ISPI Report

The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) just published its new Africa Report – Leaders for a new Africa. Democrats, autocrats and development...

The Puzzle of Ethiopian Politics

How did a group with its origins in a small Marxist-Leninist insurgency based in the northern most corner of Ethiopia transform itself into one...

Why Sidama statehood demand threatens to unravel Ethiopia’s federal system

Delayed constitutional reform and demands for secession - is Ethiopia’s ethnic-based federal state system under threat? Yohannes Gedamu explains why the Sidama secession demand...

Why Ethiopia’s Federal System is Dangerously Flawed

The reform agenda of Prime Minister Ahmed has raised uncomfortable questions about the country's federal political structure, whether it is fit for purpose, and...

Ethiopia elects first female president

On 25 October 2018, the Ethiopian parliament elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s new president. Sahle-Work, who is a long-time diplomat, becomes Ethiopia’s first...

Women politicians in Africa face huge odds but can make a...

Africa sees some of the highest rates of female political participation in the world in countries like Rwanda, but also some of the lowest...

Ufahamu Africa: A great new podcast you need in your life

Two of our favourite academics in the whole world run a podcast that you need in your life. They have also used the podcast...

Balancing foreign affairs and domestic issues: PM Abiy’s challenge

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia has an unprecedented drive for a strong, united, peaceful and democratic Ethiopia. However, to actualize it, Zelalem Teshome...