Archives for June, 2015

From One-Party State to Democracy: Lessons for Ethiopia

By Daniel Teferra (PhD)* In 1991, the TPLF/EPRDF, a Marxist-Leninist rebel group, took state power in Ethiopia, sanctioned by the United States of America. But taking state power militarily violates the fundamental principle of democracy, representation and playing by fair rules. Ethiopia is not a democracy yet. It is a one-party state. In a one-party...

Democratizing the Ethiopian State

By Daniel Teferra (PhD)* It is common to hear the term democracy being easily thrown about by everyone. But democracy is a difficult and endless task. The British took six hundred years to learn it. The French tried to do it all at once in the French Revolution and lost everything, ending with a dictator....