Friday, July 11, 2014

Ethiopia's Democratic Transition: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back-Dr. Merera Gudina

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Merera Gudina Jefi evaluates the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) regime's performance by outlining the contours of the country's political development and identifying major democratic setbacks.

“Ethiopia’s Democratic Transition: Opposition Politics and the Role of the Diaspora”
Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow: Mar 2014 - Jul 2014


Dr. Merera Gudina Jefi is associate professor of political science and international relations at Addis Ababa University, where he previously served as chair of the department of political science and as a member of the academic commission of the College of Social Sciences. He is a former member of the Ethiopian Parliament (2005–2010) and is currently leading two opposition groups, the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and the Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (MEDREK). He is the author of two books on political developments in Ethiopia—Ethiopia: From Autocracy to ‘Revolutionary Democracy’: 1960s–2011 (2011) and Ethiopia: Competing Ethnic Nationalisms and the Quest for Democracy: 1960–2000 (2003)—as well as several articles in academic journals, including the African Journal of Political Science, the Journal of East African Studies, and the Horn of Africa Journal. Further, Dr. Jefi has been interviewed on CNN, BBC, and Al-Jazeera for his perspectives on political trends in Ethiopia.  During his fellowship, Dr. Jefi is exploring opposition politics, political polarization, and the role of the Ethiopian diaspora in facilitating democratization in Ethiopia.
"Oromo Federalist Congress Public Meeting," Rainier Beach Community Center, June 8, 2014