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11 November 2021
Webinar: Understanding the War in Ethiopia - the Stage, Actors, Issues and Where to next?
The Political Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape invites you to attend a webinar that seeks to go beyond the journalistic narratives on the ongoing war in Ethiopia. 

Ethiopia has been at war since November 2020. Since then the war has evolved to incorporate a multiplicity of actors and new issues have emerged. 

In this webinar we will examine the high stakes of this war. The speakers will offer critical insights into the different actors involved, the fundamental issues behind the war and the implications of the war on the future of the Ethiopian state. Finally we will interrogate what the conclusion of this war might look like and what will/should come thereafter.

Webinar details

Date: Thursday, 18 November 2021
Time: 17h00 - 18h30 South African Standard Time (SAST)
Platform: Zoom



Dr Namhla Matshanda, Political Studies, University of the Western Cape. Dr Matshanda's research broadly focuses on understanding processes of state formation in postcolonial Africa. She has particular expertise on the Horn of Africa.


  • Meaza Gidey Gebremedhin, International Relations researcher, human rights advocate, and representative of Omna Tigray. Gebremedhin completed her undergraduate degree in South Korea where she earned her BA in International Studies. She recently received her MA in International Relations in the United States and graduated with distinction.
  • Bahar Oumer, Executive Director of the Oromo Community of Minnesota (USA). He has an LLM degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex (UK).  He is a human rights lawyer and regular political commentator on Ethiopian affairs.
  • Solomon Hailemariam Erba, PhD Candidate, Political Studies, UWC. Solomon was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is president of PEN Ethiopia and completed his higher education at AAU, The Venice Academy of Human Rights, and Åbo Akademi University.


17h00-17h10                  Welcome and Introduction
17h10-17h20                  Meaza Gidey Gebremedhin
17h20-17h30                  Bahar Oumer
17h30-17h40                  Solomon Hailemariam Erba
17h40-18h00                  Panel Discussion
18h00-18h25                  Q & A Session
18h25-18h30                  Closing and End