Ethiopia in Crisis Summit Jan 21-22, 2017

The Ethiopian-American Council (EAC) forum – Ethiopia in Crisis – January 21-22, 2017 at the Stanford University campus in California.

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Friday, January 20: Arrival of Guests
Saturday, January 21:
9:00 to 9:20 a.m., Registration for All Participants
9:20 to 9:30 a.m., Welcome, Opening Remarks by the Ethiopian-American Council and SEESA

9:30-11:30 a.m.

THEME: Ethiopia Land and Agriculture Policy

”The Risk of Land Grabbing From Ethiopian Villagers and Its Impact on Food Security,”

Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, The Oakland Institute

“This Land Is My Land: the Ethio-Sudan Boundary and the Need to Rectify Arbitrary Colonial Boundaries,” Mulatu Wubneh, Ph.D., Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina



“Ethiopia Property Rights, Land and Agriculture Policy,” Mekonnen Firew Ayano,
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for African Studies, Harvard University



“The Significance of the Addis Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan.” OPEN / Speaker not Conform




11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

THEME: Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law 

“Human Rights Crisis in the Amhara and Oromia Regions of Ethiopia,” Felix Horne, Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa, Human Rights Watch




“Religious Freedom: Choice and Practice in Ethiopia,” Abadir Ibrahim, Ph.D., J.S.D., Intercultural Human Rights Law, St. Thomas University, Albuquerque, New Mexico



“Access to Food in Ethiopia – Human Rights and Political Issues” Marlette Jackson,
doctoral student, Department of Political Science, Stanford University



“Democracy, Human Rights, and the Ethnic Federal System in Ethiopia,” Dr. Derese Getachew, Assistant Professor at Iona College Rochelle, NY



2:30 to 4:10 p.m.

THEME: “Political Transition in Ethiopia”

Professor Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University



Professor Richard A. Joseph, political science, Northwestern University; among the four inaugural Martin Luther King Visiting Professors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology




4:20 to 6:00 p.m.

THEME: “Media’s Revolutionary Role: The Rise of Social Media”

“The Roles of the Mass Media in Transitions to Democracy,” Abebe Gellaw, Executive Director, Ethiopia Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT)




The Important Function of the Diaspora Media in the Digital Age and Its Crucial Role in Promoting Effective Democratic Governance,” Jawar Mohammed, Executive Director, Oromia Media Network (OMN)



“EPRDF Government Used Spyware Against U.S.-Based Journalists – Case Study:
Kidane v. Ethiopia,” Danny O’Brien, International Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation



Sunday, January 22:


9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

THEME: “The Current Crisis and The Role of Opposition Parties in the Transition

of Ethiopia Into a True Democracy”

“A Strong Opposition Complements Democracy – The Role of Opposition Parties in Establishing a Democratic Political System in Ethiopia,” Dima Noggo, Ph.D., Chairman, Executive Council of the Ethiopian National Movement



“The Growing Challenge of Establishing a Viable, Effective, and Successful Opposition Coalition,” Taye Zegeye, Ph.D., Chairman, Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (Shengo) Opposition Coalition



“Opposition Parties Face Challenges Under the TPLF/EPRDF Government as They Seek Transition to True Democratic Governance,” Representative, Ogaden National Liberation   Front (ONLF)



“Lessons From Pro-Democracy Movements against Autocratic Governments,” Stephen  Zunes, Ph.D, Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of San Francisco;       Senior Foreign Policy Analyst




12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

THEME:  “Western Aid Programs and Their Effect on Democratic Development in Ethiopia”

“House Resolution 861 – Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia,” Mr. Gregory Simpkins,  Senior Staff, U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations; Adviser to the Chairman on Africa policy


“Aid Corruption and Development in Ethiopia,” Getachew Begashaw, Ph.D., Professor & Chairperson, Economics Department, Harper College, Palatine, Illinois



“For 25 years the U.S. Has Been Promoting Democracy in Ethiopia – What Impact Will This Have on Government Reform?” Leonardo R. Arriola, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science; Director, Center for African Studies; University of California, Berkeley



Ethiopia In Crisis:

Responding to the current political and social turmoil in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian-American Council of North America has established this forum at Stanford University and has welcomed renowned scholars, human rights advocates, politicians, and media representatives to discuss the future of that ancient nation on the Horn of Africa.

 January 21 – 22, 2017
Stanford University
Jordan Hall, Building 01-420
450 Serra Mall,
Stanford, California
 Sponsors: Center for African Studies, BSU, SASA, and SEESA

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