Averting Ethiopia's disintegration

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Abstract

The devastating civil wars that have gripped Ethiopia and Eritrea since the early 1960s are largely over. These wars were the culmination of years of domination by one race or ethnic group over others, and threatened to tear the country apart. This essay discusses the civil wars within the context of Ethiopian history and identifies the unequal distribution of political power and the neo-colonial structures of the Ethiopian economy as two main contributing factors. It argues that unless the new government in Addis Ababa begins to address these issues within the framework of political democracy, Ethiopia risks total disintegration. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalTransAfrica Forum
Volume9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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