Past event

Research Event

Ethiopia and the Ogaden: Prospects for Peace

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme, Horn of Africa Project

Participants

Tobias Hagmann, Associate Professor, Roskilde University; Author, Talking Peace in the Ogaden: The search for an end to conflict in the Somali Regional State in Ethiopia
Discussant: Ken Menkhaus, Professor, Political Science Department, Davidson College
Respondent: Mohamed Sheikh Mohamud, Freelance Researcher on the Horn of Africa
Chair: Laura Hammond, Head of Department and Reader, Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies

Overview

The Ogaden region of Ethiopia has been host to a violent insurgency by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) against the Ethiopian government for the last 20 years. The conflict has contributed to the impoverishment of communities and cost thousands of lives. It has also increased the number of displaced peoples in Kenya and undermined security in neighbouring Somalia.   

This event will launch Tobias Hagmann’s new book Talking Peace in the Ogaden: The search for an end to conflict in the Somali Regional State in Ethiopiapublished by the Rift Valley Institute. The speakers will discuss the evolution of the conflict, the changing balance of forces, and prospects for peace.