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Cross-Border Intergroup Conflicts in the Horn of Africa: A Case Study of Ethiopia-South Sudan Borderland People

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Sudanese refugees from Blue Nile state cross into western Ethiopia through the Kurmuk border crossing. Photo: UNHCR/P.Rulashe

Sudanese refugees from Blue Nile state cross into western Ethiopia through the Kurmuk border crossing. Photo: UNHCR/P.Rulashe

This event, hosted by the Wilson Center Africa Program, will explore the relationship between border conflict, resource scarcity, and regional stability, focusing on the Ethiopia-South Sudan border as a case study. It will feature a current Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar, Mr. Tasew Tafese Gashaw, who is also a Ph.D. Candidate at the Addis Ababa University Institute for Peace and Security Studies.

The Horn of Africa is one of the most insecure regions in Africa and in the world. One area where conflict plays out is the Gambella region on the border between Ethiopia and South Sudan, an area that is home to many groups competing for resources. Various factors have contributed to conflict in the border region, including border porousness, cross-border smuggling and illicit trade, underdevelopment, and instability in South Sudan. Intergroup conflict over resources is exacerbated by the influx of light weapons and acute environmental stresses. While local institutions and conflict resolution mechanisms exist, they suffer from a lack of national government legitimacy and support. Ongoing violence presents challenges to regional stability, and is therefore a key area needing attention from and coordination between regional governments, local institutions, and international partners.

This event will address the challenges to peacebuilding, the potential role of community and national governments, as well as international organizations, and the ways forward for increasing security and mitigating violence in the region. Additionally, the discussion will emphasize recommendations for concrete actions to more effectively address the underlying causes of conflict.


Event Details

  • Date: November 8, 2017

  • When: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

  • Where: Wilson Center, 6th Floor

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