National dialogues in the Horn of Africa: lessons for Ethiopia's political transition

As political tensions rise in Ethiopia, what can be learned from national dialogues in Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya?

Ethiopia’s highly praised political transition is contending with long-standing state-building deficits, which are fuelling tensions in the country. The deferral of the national election because of the COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated existing political uncertainties. As politicians and civil society grapple with potential political and security crises, calls for a national dialogue have grown. This report examines national dialogues in Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya and draws lessons for Ethiopia.

About the authors

Dr Dawit Yohannes is a Senior Researcher in the ISS Addis Ababa office. He has worked extensively on peace and security in Africa.

Meressa Kahsu Dessu is a Senior Researcher and Training Coordinator in the ISS Addis Ababa office. He has worked on peace operations and peacebuilding in Africa.

Picture: Amelia Broodryk/ISS

Development partners
This report was produced by the Training for Peace Programme (TfP), which is funded by the government of Norway. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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