Evaluating the ‘Pretoria Agreement’: the limitations of presentist analysis of conflicts in Ethiopia

This debate piece by Jan Abbink contains an assessment of the debate on the ‘Pretoria Agreement’ (or Cessation of Hostilities Agreement) concluded on 2 November 2022 regarding the armed conflict in Ethiopia. On the basis of a critical discussion of a paper by F. Gebresenbet and Y. Tariku (2023) published in the spring issue of the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE), Abbink contests the short-term analysis of the authors, who miss essential points of the wider context of political conflict in Ethiopia and also scholastically misrepresent some other authors in the debate.

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This article appeared in Review of African Political Economy, Volume 50 - Issue 176. Milton Park: Taylor & Francis.

Author(s) / editor(s)

Jan Abbink

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Jan Abbink is an anthropologist-historian and carries out research on the history and cultures of the Horn of Africa (Northeast Africa), particularly Ethiopia. He is Professor Emeritus of Politics and Governance in Africa at Leiden University.





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