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January 14, 2021 at 9:43 am

Negash Sheds Light on the Current Conflict in the Horn of Africa

Dr. Ghirmai Negash, portrait

Dr. Ghirmai Negash

The Awate Team published a review of an interview with Dr. Ghirmai Negash on the situation in the Horn of Africa.

Negash is Professor of English and Director of the African Studies program at Ohio University.

As far as we are concerned, as Professor Ghirmai clearly explained, the key issues worth considering vis-à-vis Ethiopia and Eritrea are as follows: If the relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea is confined to trade, economy, durable diplomatic relations, tradition and cultural exchanges, which was done before and it will be done in the near future, it won’t cause any conceivable rift. The rift can reach to an exacerbating point, however, when the center wants to control what it considers the periphery. Today, Tigray is the Central government’s periphery; tomorrow it may be Eritrea. The latter possibility is against which Eritreans should do their utmost to prevent from happening. Cooperation in itself is well and good, but it should never come at the expense of the sovereignty of the Eritrean people.

Read the review, “The Horn of Africa: From Unitarianism to Medemerism.”

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