Resurgent ethnic nationalism shaping geopolitics in the horn

What you need to know:

  • The rise of Abiy Ahmed Ali as Prime Minister of Ethiopia has heralded an era of peace in the turbulent Horn of Africa.
  • The ascendancy is putting a sharp focus on the Oromo people as the centrepiece of an imagined Oromo-Somali ‘Cushitic Alliance’ as a new axis in the Horn of Africa politics.

In an enthralling article, “Us and them: The enduring power of ethnic nationalism”, Jerry Muller has argued that although we generally tend to belittle the role of ethnic nationalism in politics, “it will drive global politics for generations to come”.

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