To End Ethiopia’s War, Biden Needs to Correct Course- Senior Fellow, Professor Advise USA –

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Addis Ababa, December 30, 2021 (Walta) –The Biden Administration needs to correct course to end Ethiopia’s war, Senior Fellow Bronwyn Bruton and International Security Professor Ann Fitz-Gerald wrote on “Foreign Policy”.

In an in-depth article, they wrote to the magazine, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and the Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Bronwyn Bruton, and Wilfrid Laurier University Professor of International Security, Ann Fitz-Gerald, analyzed the situation in Ethiopia during the past three years in general and the current situation in the country in particular. 

According to them, “Washington has now an opportunity to create the conditions for peace.” Knowing Washington’s checkered past, many Ethiopians have not unreasonably interpreted Western media bias, and the Biden Administration’s punitive measures against the Ethiopian authorities as a deliberate effort to whitewash TPLF’s crimes in the name of counterterrorism, they noted.

The scholars further elaborated that many Ethiopians even fear that Washington actively backs the insurgency and is seeking a Libya-Iraq-Somalia-style intervention to shatter Ethiopia and the new efforts for regional peace that Abiy, for many, has come to represent.

Western media reporting has tended to depict Abiy—incorrectly—as both instigator and driver of the war. On the contrary, the TPLF was found at the start of the war to possess militia and weaponry that most experts assessed as equivalent, or better than those of the federal army, they revealed.

Furthermore, they said the United States has been losing ground in Africa to China, Russia, Turkey, and the Gulf states for some time. But now, there’s not a single nation in the geo-strategically vital Horn region that is reliably in Washington’s corner. As a new cold war heats up, that bodes poorly for U.S. President Joe Biden.

The “U.S. policy is in tatter; there’s not a single nation in the geo-strategically vital Horn region that is reliably in Washington’s corner.”

Moreover, they stated that Washington needs to subdue its nostalgia for the terrorist group TPLF dictatorship and embrace, instead, Ethiopia’s transition into a fragile post-conflict democracy, the scholars advised.

The U.S. needs to stop blaming Abiy for the inevitable explosion of decades’ worth of pent-up ethnic animosities and acknowledge that some part of the immense devastation of this war is due to Washington’s careless funding, and political backing, of an authoritarian regime.

Critically, the U.S. government also needs to be far more prudent in its handling of the Egypt-Ethiopia conflict over the GERD, and acknowledge that the GERD’s potential for meaningful regional-led development will only bring scale to the last decade’s worth of international funded development in the Horn of Africa.

The Biden Administration also urgently needs to develop a better understanding of Ethiopia’s domestic political landscape — including the basis of dissatisfaction felt by some Oromo groups, and the im