IGAD State of the Region Report (SRR)

Compiled, edited (and some sections also written) by Dr Mehari Taddele Maru, the Popular Version of the first ever IGAD State of the Region Report (SRR) is now published and accessible online. The Popular Version of the Report is expected to help translate IGAD’s vision into regionally shared hope and action within the Member States, ...

Tana Forum Recap Note

Tana Forum Recap Note
Points as Presented by Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru Introduction ¬ In the spirit of the foundational intention of the Forum –I will skip formalities: Excellencies Distinguished participants Ladies and gentlemen Good morning! This morning I have found out that I have lost all the notes I have taken yesterday for this Recap! Only one line ...

Valletta Summit on Migration: A booster shot or a new initiative?

Valletta Summit on Migration: A booster shot or a new initiative?
Hard hit by the migration crisis, the European Union (EU) in a desperate effort to respond to the crisis has called a summit on migration in Valletta, Malta from 11-12 November 2015. The African side has been invited to participate in this meeting. The EU and African Union (AU) have presented separate position documents reflecting ...

Hypocrisy in the Leadership of African Think Tanks and CSOs: What Role for Think Tanks and CSOs in African Transformation

Hypocrisy in the Leadership of African Think Tanks and CSOs: What Role for Think Tanks and CSOs in African Transformation
An internal challenge to African thinks tanks, and also similarly applicable to CSOs in the continent is the undemocratic nature of their leadership. At best inscrutably hypocritical, many of the leaders and board members of think tanks have become self-serving, justifying their stay in leadership for decades while at the same time preaching presidential term ...

Economic Development, Democratic Governance, Peace and Security and Regional Integration: the case of Ethiopia

Economic Development, Democratic Governance, Peace and Security and Regional Integration: the case of Ethiopia
Although successful in dismantling the unitary state system of Ethiopia, EPRDF is still struggling for a clear vision around which Ethiopian state building and its diverse people can rally. Dominating the political space for more than two decades, EPRDF has been striving to build a new federal developmental State. Ethiopia, under EPRDF, has made unprecedented ...

Summary of my presentation to the UN Human Rights Council Third Session of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group to Consider the Possibility of Elaborating an International Regulatory Framework on the Regulation, Monitoring and Oversight
 of the Activities of Private Military and Security Companies

Summary of my presentation to the Third Session Of The Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group to Consider the Possibility of Elaborating an International Regulatory Framework on the Regulation, Monitoring and Oversight
 of the Activities of Private Military and Security Companies “Mehari Taddele Maru highlighted the increasing number of PMSCs, the range of their services and the ...

In Defense of the IGAD-led Mediation Original Position on Multi-stakeholder Negotiations

The South Sudan crisis has invited many parallel peace initiative alongside the IGAD-led mediation, such as the Arusha Intra-party process, the Khartoum process and the less talked about Entebbe meetings. In addition to siphoning off scarce resources and eroding the necessary sense of urgency and shared purpose, these parallel processes also produced widely divergent end ...

Migration Governance in Ethiopia: The need for a comprehensive National Policy on Migration

The heinous and diabolical mass murder of innocent Ethiopian migrants in Libya by Islamic State (IS) Libya highlights the need for broad public dialogue, including particular interfaith consultations, on religious extremism as well as a swift governmental response to the emergency situation. As our response was united, firm and quick, long-term sustained well-reasoned action against ...

Ethiopia’s Policy towards the AU: Time to look beyond unique contributions and special responsibilities

Dr. iur. Mehari Taddele Maru and Abel Abate http://addisstandard.com/ethiopias-policy-towards-the-au-time-to-look-beyond-unique-contributions-special-responsibilities/ Ethiopia’s Pan-African positions promoted by the three regimes were equally solid, nevertheless, their policies foundations and ambitions in relation to the AU were unambiguously divergent. While the regimes of Emperor Haile Selassie and Colonel Mengistu were outward looking and excessively externalized Ethiopia’s internal problems, the current regime ...

Ethiopia’s Ad hoc AU Policy

This is an abridged version of a forthcoming longer and more substantive article, which will be published as a chapter of a book in 2015 by Zed publishers. Ethiopia’s absence of a long-term and substantive policy toward the African Union (AU) has resulted in a missed opportunity to play a more robust role and well-formulated ...