Challenges and Opportunities for the Horn of Africa

ASERI, IGS and Middle East and Africa Center are pleased to invite you to the conference

Challenges and Opportunities for the Horn of Africa

Monday October 22nd 2018, 6 p.m.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
ASERI, Graduate School of Economics and International Relations
Via San Vittore 18, Milan

The Horn of Africa region is characterized by the presence of some of the most serious and lasting political, military and humanitarian crises of the planet. The stabilization of Somalia, following the crisis of 1991, is struggling to produce encouraging results; the independence of Eritrea has been paid at a very high human and economic cost; Ethiopia has rebuilt its path to democracy, after the bloody dictatorship of the DERG, not without problems and ambiguities; Djibouti has tried to defend its political and territorial autonomy, tightened by local and regional dynamics, yet suffering a lot in terms of security and democratic stability.
In this complex and unstable picture, however, an element of innovation as important as positive has recently matured, with the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the apparent solution of the border crisis that had long divided the two countries, dragging them into a painful conflict. The borders, and their management, remain a weak point in regional policy, but the renewed climate between Ethiopia and Eritrea could produce large-scale results, also helping Somalia and Djibouti.


Opening Remarks, Prof. Vittorio Emanuele Parsi, Director of ASERI - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Regional role and prospects for Eritrea, Biyan Gebreyesus, PhD candidate, Università di Cagliari
Regional role and prospects for Ethiopia, Yinebeb Nigatu Tessema, PhD candidate, University of Rotterdam
The Somali conundrum, Dr. Luca Puddu, Director of the Africa Program at IGS, research fellow - Università di Bologna
Conclusion, Dr. Nicola Pedde, Director of IGS

The presentation will be held in English.

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