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Conference on Good Governance, Peace, Security, and Sustainable Development in the Horn of Africa Print E-mail
Written by Advocacy for Ethiopia -   
Tuesday, 09 February 2010
Advocacy for EthiopiaConference on Good Governance, Peace, Security, and Sustainable Development in the Horn of Africa
Washington DC, April 9 to 11, 2010

The Horn of Africa continues to be extremely fragile. The sub-region’s volatility has increased significantly in the post 9/11 period.  The total collapse of Somalia and the irresponsible and imprudent intervention of outsiders in the affairs of Somalia have created fertile ground for the rise of radical Islam in the region. Hence, the complex ethnic, religious and inter-state tensions make the Horn of Africa one of the most volatile places in the world. The Ethio-Eritrea boundary conflict remains unresolved. The absence of democratic institutions in the Horn of Africa and the new tension in the Sudan further makes the sub-region one of the most conflict-ridden and with a potential for more explosive scenarios ahead.

The purpose of this conference is, therefore, to bring together scholars, civil society leaders, activists, diplomats, journalists of the free press and representatives of the international community to one forum to highlight potential tragic conflicts that have escaped the minds of many in the past. The focus of the discussion will be on how to democratize Ethiopia, the biggest entity, in the Horn of Africa. The democratization of Ethiopia will certainly pave the way for peace, security, democracy, good governance, and sustainable development in the region at large.
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