Seminar ASC Leiden: State building and conflict in the Horn of Africa

The African Studies Centre in Leiden organises a seminiar on ‘State building and conflict in the Horn of Africa: The Case of Ethiopia’ on the 26th of January, from 15.30-17.00.

The seminar is held by prof. John Markakis, University of Crete, Greece. The discussant is prof. Jan Abbink from the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASC). 

The Horn of Africa may hold the record for inter-state and civil wars,ethnic conflicts and clan strife in Africa and remains host to scores of national liberation and religion-based insurgent movements. The general cause of this turmoil is a persistent indigenous struggle to change the geopolitical pattern that emerged with the decolonization of four states: Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti. The result has been fragmentation, with the division of the first two states, the collapse of the third, the emergence of two new states (Eritrea and South Sudan) and a third candidate for statehood (Somaliland). The number of states in the region has thus increased from four to seven, which is a remarkable phenomenon by any standards. Analysis of the causes of this phenomenon – the struggle to change the geopolitical pattern of the Horn – is crucial to our understanding of political conflict in the region, where several conflicting nation-state-building projects are working at cross-purposes. Such is the approach taken in a recent study of Ethiopia by John Markakis entitled Ethiopia: The Two Last Frontiers (Oxford 2011) that is presented in this seminar.

Venue: Room 1A41, African Studies Centre, Faculty of Social Sciences Leiden University, Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden, a 7-minute walk from Leiden CS. Note that the temporary building entry is at the Wassenaarseweg side.

Cost: Free of charge


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19 januari 2012