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Colloquium on the prospects of peacemaking and peacebuilding in Ethiopia Conference Report

Forum for Ethiopian Scholars & Professionals
(FESP) 12th Conference

The 12th conference of the Forum for Ethiopian Scholars and Professionals (FESP) which was  organized virtually, in partnership with the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES) of Addis Ababa  University, and Abbay Television, was completed on December 3, 2022. Seven papers were  presented by established academics and professionals. The eighth paper was not presented because  of internet connection problems. Speakers were selected after two rounds of calls for papers and  invitations. The papers/abstracts were reviewed. The call for paper was issued months before the  Pretoria and Nairobi peace agreements between the Government of Ethiopia and the TPLF. To reach  the wider Ethiopian public, the presentations were made in the Amharic language and transmitted  via Facebook. The full videos are available on Facebook (see links below). The YouTube version  will be posted as soon as the technical work is completed.  

The speakers came from diverse disciplines and experiences, including economics, Ethiopian studies,  peace and security studies, refugee and resettlement, development banking, sociology, and political  science. The sessions were chaired by scholars and practitioners from architecture, archaeology,  linguistics and relief and rehabilitation, and heritage management. The theme of the colloquium was  peacemaking and peacebuilding in Ethiopia. The guest of honor was H.E. Dejazmatch Wolde  Semayat Gebrewold, Author, former Governor of Provinces, and Member of the Senate, in the  Imperial Government of Ethiopia. The peacemaking and peace-building process is moving at an  accelerated speed and at the time of releasing this report, a high-level delegation led by the Speaker  of the House of Peoples Representative has traveled to Mekelle, the African Union’s handling of the  matter is demonstrating continental capacity, events that are consistent with the general spirit of the  colloquium.  

At the age of 98 the former Senator, Dejazmatch Wolde Semayat reflected how the novice leftist  student movement misunderstood the then problems of the country, which led to the military coup of  1975, the dismemberment and creation of a landlocked country, and the promotion of ethnicity in  1991 and shared his views about the ways and means of overcoming the ills of the nation. The opening  remarks were provided by Dr. Takele Merid, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, and  Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES), Addis Ababa University, and Professor Minga  Negash, Professor of Accounting, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Visiting Professor,  University of the Witwatersrand. Ato Kone Fisseha made a remark representing Abbay Television and promised that the videos will be available on time.

Dr. Takele Merid who is on a research visit at a University in Japan indicated the need for the  continued engagement of Ethiopian scholars and professionals in public policy crafting and noted  that the IES will continue to cooperate and facilitate such conferences as it is within the purviews of  the institute’s mission. Professor Minga in turn explained the purpose of this colloquium and the link  between this and the 11th colloquium. He underscored that national dialogue and peace agreements  with armed groups go hand in hand and urged that there should be a formal interface between the two  processes. Citing Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s piece of November 19, 2022, expressing that  “close to one million” lives were lost and the cost of the war could be close to $25 billion, he urged  that the opportunity for peace brought by the African Union led peace agreement should not be  missed. Citing the academic and practice literature he underscored that the peace agreements in  ethnoreligious conflicts and DDRs are fragile, and efforts should be made to move from cease-fire to  building peace. He reminded the audience about the latest news of the gruesome atrocity crimes that  are occurring in Western parts of the country.  

The sub-themes of the colloquium and the summary of each speaker’s presentation are provided  below. 

Read it on a PDF file here

Editor’s note : The report was initially shared on P2P forum on December 30th, 2022


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  1. Ethiopia doesn’t allow dual citizenships! So, cut the ‘Ethiopian Scholars and Professionals’ crap and stick to your turfs! About 75% of Ethiopians are under 45! It’s high time that you left this generation alone to chart its future and Ethiopia’s destiny.

    ኢትዮጵያ – ጠቃሚ ሐሳብ የምታገኘው – ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ካሉት እና ኢትዮጵያን እየገነቧት ካሉት ብርቅ ልጆቿ – እንጂ – በነፃ ትምሕርት ወደ ውጪ ሐገር ተልከው – ፈረንጆች በስሙኒ ደልለው ውጪ ካስቀሯቸው ሆድ-አደሮች እና የቀድሞ መንግስታት አገልጋዮች እና ጉዳይ አስፈፃሚዎች አይደለም!!

    ኢትዮጵያውያን – መቼ ሐሳባችሁን ጠየቋችሁ? እንዲህች አይነቷን ጨዋታ – ለሰንበቴ ማህበራችሁ አድርጓት! You so called ‘Ethiopian Scholars and Professionals’ ought to stop flattering yourselves! What credibility do you have to offer any credible input on Ethiopian affairs?


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