The signing of the Peace and Friendship Agreement on 9 July formally put an end to the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea that has gripped the countries for the past twenty years. The five-point agreement has already led to opening air- and telephone communication as well as diplomatic relations. This dramatic turn of events surprised many. It came, not only unexpectedly, but also with an incredible speed. Why now? Could it bring lasting peace between the countries as well as the region? Could it lead to fundamental changes in the countries? How could it affect the dynamics of the trans-Red Sea conflict architecture? The lecture will provide some analysis and explanation of the factors that contributed to the rapprochement. It will further analyze and examine the implication to the Horn of Africa and the Gulf region, and the opportunities and constrains it brings.
Professor Redie Berekteab is a senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute with an expertise in the Horn of Africa. His research is right now focusing on state building in the horn of Africa.
Time: 6:15-7:30 PM
Place: Hörsal 2, Ekonomikum
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. A one-year membership can be purchased at the event for 100 SEK.
In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.
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