P133
The roots of Horn of African conflicts

Convenors:
Alemayehu Kumsa (Charles University)
Chair:
Prof. Mekuria Bulcha
Discussant:
Dr. Alemayehu Kumsa
Location:
2E06
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel will discuss the roots of Horn of African various conflicts starting from at the end of 19th century until today: the conflict between ethno-national identity and state, the geopolitical interest of supper powers and their interference in the internal affairs of the region.

Long abstract:

The Roots of Horn of African Conflicts (* Correct Version) Each society passed through various conflicts in their history. Horn of African societies entered new types of violent conflicts starting at the end of 19th century, which is continuing until today under various forms. Exceptionality of Horn of Africa is that Abyssinia was the only African Empire which participated in the colonization of Africa with Western European states at the end of 19th century. Compared to all participants of colonial powers of this part of Africa, Abyssinian conquest war was the longest and the bloodiest violent conflict based on historical empirical data. The territories of many nations were divided and became part of different colonial powers and different nations were forced to be part of the same territory. The proposal panel will discus conflicts at different levels of the Horn of Africa: the conflict between state and ethno-national identity, the Ethiopian state colonial character from the view of non Abyssinia peoples, the problem of interference of the state in religion maters of some groups in Ethiopia (e.g., Islam and Waaqefana (Oromo indigenous religion)), geopolitical interests of foreign powers in the region will be the main points of the panel.