Ethiopia and the United States: History, Diplomacy, and Analysis

Algora Publishing
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The book begins with historical references that describe how Ethiopia was viewed by ancient civilizations, then moves to an analysis of Ethiopia's relationship with European powers in the late 19th century which shaped the psyche of its leaders. Ethiopias encirclement by potentially hostile colonial powers compelled its leaders to ally with the United States, which appeared to have no colonial motives. And the United States, despite its isolationist postures, saw commercial and strategic military potential in establishing links with Ethiopia. Ethio-U.S. relations gradually flourished, and the two countries collaborated on regional security in the Horn of Africa as well as through trade. Ethiopia supported the United States during the Korean War and provided a communications base in Asmara. Given Ethiopia's location between Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda, it continues to offer the United States crucial strategic opportunities. Yet somehow, despite longtime U.S. contributions to Ethiopia's development, institutional and human capacity building, Ethiopia has lagged behind in all indices of development. The book compels its readers to ponder why some countries remain marginalized and how development efforts could have maximum results. Dr. Metaferia affirms that even friendly relations between nations can potentially fracture as long as donor countries ignore the welfare of aid recipient nations, and he calls for a new paradigm for the establishment of a stable foreign relationship in the rapidly changing power alliances of the 21st century. Although the focus of the book is on Ethio-U.S. relations, the study and analysis has a wider ramification as it reflects the experiences of various other countries. Students of history, political science, and especially U.S. foreign policy and African studies, development strategists and the general public interested in the dynamics of relations between nations will benefit from this timely and seminal work. Academics, foreign policy practitioners and the general public will find the book useful as they seek to understand the current turmoil in Ethiopia and a range of other nations, as Ethiopia's experience with the United States mirrors in a microcosm the experience of many others. The book fills a gap in the libraries of graduate and undergraduate departments of African Studies, U.S. International Relations/Foreign Policy and Diplomatic History.
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Dec 31, 2009
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In the 19th-century "Scramble for Africa," when the Europeans carved up an entire continent for exploitation, Africans won a solitary, shocking, glorious victory at Adwa (Ethiopia). The most celebrated military operation involving the Africans and the Europeans since the time of Hannibal, this emblematic victory still resounds in the minds of Africans and the African diaspora as a promise of potential and an illustration of the dictum, "strength in unity." In this volume, nine scholars analyze the unique Ethiopian victory at Adwa, pondering the factors that brought success, the putative missed opportunities for securing the future integrity of the Ethiopian territory, and the lessons to be learned. Rising above their regional rivalries and local concerns, all facets of this multi-ethnic society pulled together to defeat the Italian invaders who were armed with vastly more sophisticated technology and had the support of all of Europe. For the victors it was decisive; for the vanquished, catastrophic. The Italian colonialist soldiers were crushed. Their casualty figure was 70%; all their artillery pieces were capturd, one out of four of their generals was taken prisoner and two of the remaining as well as almost half of their staff officers were killed on the battlefield. The event and its implications have much to say about Ethiopia's subsequent development, the secession of Eritrea, and relations with external powers. It also reveals much about the machinations of global powers and the dangers they pose to weaker nations, and most specifically international influence in Africa. The Ethiopian victory at the Battle of Adwa has remained a very important event in the shared recollection ofthe entire African people. It is the only secular episode in the whole history of Africa that has been celebrated for more than a century with unabated popular enthusiasm. A phenomenon such as Adwa is a complex nexus of various historical processes with wide ranging but as yet not fully explored meanings. The contributors to this collection show that Adwa does not only reflect its time, but that it also transcends it, and that the aspirations and meanings that flow from it have been a powerful constitutive force in the rise and evolution of modern Africa Indeed, it is an event that awakened the hope for emancipation and the struggle against colonialism and racism among Africans in the colonies and in the Diaspora. * Paulos Milkias is a professor of Humanities and Political Science at Marianopolis College/Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Getachew Metaferia, co-editor, teaches political science and coordinates the graduate program in International Studies at Morgan State University. Richard Pankhurst has published 36 books and more than 400 scholarly articles. His seminal works, The Economic History of Ethiopia, Cambridge University Press, 1976, and The Ethiopians: a History, Oxford University Press, 2001, are classics in the field. Zewde Gabra-Selassie, Dejazmach served as Governor and Mayor of the capital city of Addis Ababa. Negussay Ayele is Professor of Political Science and International Relations. He is a former Ethiopian Ambassador to Scandinavia. Harold Marcus was Distinguished Professor of History at Michigan State University. Theodore M. Vestal is professor of political science and international studies at Oklahoma State University. Maimire Mennasemay teaches in thehumanities/philosophy department of Dawson College, Montreal, Canada. Mesfin Araya is Associate Professor of African Studies at York College/City University of New York, where he is Head of African-American Studies.
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