Felix S. Bethke

Civil War in Ethiopia

The Instrumentalization and Politicization of Identity


For more than a year, the civil war between the Ethiopian govern­ment and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has been causing severe human suffering and fatalities in the thousands. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, both conflict parties have committed serious human rights violations. This Spotlight shows how the shifting dynamics of ethnic power relations and the strategy of elite management pursued by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed contributed to the escalation of violence.

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Bethke, Felix S. (2021): Civil War in Ethiopia. The Instrumentalization and Politicization of Identity, PRIF Spotlight 16/2021, Frankfurt/M.

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