School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Canada should support Ethiopia as it enters post-conflict phase

January 15, 2021
Policy Options  - Hugh Segal, Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy,  School of Policy Studies, Queen's University and Ann Fitzgerald, Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo

The conflict between the Ethiopian federal government and a group from within its northern state of Tigray has ended according to the Ethiopian government. The view of some analysts is that in this post-conflict phase, there remain risks of insurgency from peripheral regions of Tigray. Rather than any organized armed conflict, or armed regrouping by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the more likely outcome is ongoing sporadic violence leading up to delayed federal elections in Ethiopia, now scheduled for June 2021.

Ethiopia is a significant player in Africa’s future. Canada should support its efforts to limit further violence by considering its experience in other similar international challenges. In the wake of its newly brokered partnership with Ethiopia following Prime Minister’s Justin Trudeau’s visit to Addis Ababa in 2020, it’s time for Canada to use its experience in support of peace and progress in Ethiopia, and across the African continent more generally.

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