INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF ETHIOPIA: THE STRATEGY OF A DEVELOPING STATE

  • Publish Date: 2004-09-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Peter Both

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International relations ofspecific African countries have been grotesquely overlooked under the pretextof information insufficiency. But Africa is a visceralpart of the international community and failure to efficiently represent it inthe 21st century international relations is quite an annihilation scourge. Thisis so because Africa presents opportunities andchallenges in this world of globalization.In the international relations ofEthiopia, PeterBoth examines the ancient and contemporary international relations of Ethiopiafrom a unique perspective. A perspective that combines thecultural context, social work and international relations in order toeffectively analyse the impact of interstaterelations from macro to micro levels of the Ethiopian society. In sodoing he proposes a foreign policy course which addresses various aspects ofEthiopian foreign relations. He proposes unilateral and multilateral courses ofaction to resolve the pressing issue of the Nilepolitics, increased involvement in the conflict resolution regime in thecontinent and the search for inter-African economic regime as opposed toreliance on Lome Conventions, GATT talks and WTO,which basically do nothing for African. If those institutions did provide anything for Africa, the west would prefer hibernation toengagement. It is a transparentpoppycock, which requires no rocket science.Peter also proposes that colonialboundaries in African need to be revised in order to avoid civil conflicts.Colonial boundaries top the list of major causes of death and civil wars in Africa.If the boundaries are left as they are due to African leadership paranoia,peace in Africa would remain a machiavellian hallucination.

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