The Anglo-Ethiopian Society

Conference - Political Contradictions and State Building in Ethiopia: The Limits of Authoritarian Democracy and Development

Oromo Studies Association

Saturday 8th July 2017

9:00pm to 6:00pm, Djam Lecture Theatre (Room G2), SOAS Main Building, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG - Free Event (all welcome)


A one-day symposium is organized at SOAS, University of London, to examine how apparently durable states have their stability undermined by strong opposition and meet this opposition with violence, rendering the state illegitimate and fragile. By addressing the evolution of state power in Ethiopia over the last twenty-five years and by analysing the year-long political crisis evinced by the state’s violent response to a popular protest, the symposium seeks to find new frameworks for understanding Ethiopian politics and imagining the future of the country.

Research papers are being presented on the following themes:

  • Ethiopia’s developmental state in theory and practice;
  • The military’s role in Ethiopian politics;
  • Structural weaknesses in Ethiopia’s multinational federation;
  • The Oromo protests, the Amhara rebellion and the Konso uprising, and the state’s response to these;
  • The role of youth in Ethiopia’s politics;
  • Ethiopia since the State of Emergency.

  • Tickets to the event are free but capacity at the venue is limited, so please reserve your place soon to avoid disappointment.


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