State and Nationality in Ethiopia: The Search for New PathwaysPublic Deposited
A Dialogue on Nation-Building took place in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, on January 14-16, 2018. I was one of a dozen individuals invited to serve as resource persons for this meeting of over a hundred representatives from the government, civil society, political and faith-based organizations. The aim of the gathering was to identify pathways for overcoming the country’s severe political problems. Before a second round could be convened, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn resigned and a state of emergency was re-imposed. Accompanying these developments was the release of several hundred individuals imprisoned for a variety of political offenses. This revised version of my presentation is a modest contribution to the challenging process on which Ethiopia has embarked to build a more inclusive, democratic, and peaceful nation.
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