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Ethiopia and the United States
History, Diplomacy, and Analysis
  • Getachew Metaferia
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Ethiopia and the United States. History, Diplomacy, and Analysis
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Prof. Getachew Metaferia presents a fascinating examination of more than a century of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and the United States. He has used archival and declassified documents, interviewed government officials, translated Amharic literature and, above all, employed his political science expertise in interpreting and analyzing events. Explaining the issues and what is at stake in the current turmoil between Ethiopia and her neighbors, including Somalia, this informative and authoritative study presents the history of diplomatic relations and shifting alliances between the United States and Ethiopia in the context of Cold War politics, the roles of the Ethiopian Jews, and the Ethiopian diaspora in the West.

About the Author

Dr. Getachew Metaferia teaches political science and coordinates the graduate program in International Studies at Morgan State University. He is associated with the Political Leadership Institute at Morgan State University which, in collaboration with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), provides leadership training. With Dr. Paulos Milkias he was co-editor of The Battle of Adwa (Algora 2005).

His publications include a book on the exodus of Ethiopia’s educated classes and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. He received his department’s "Distinguished Service" award in 2005. A recipient of Fulbright-Hayes awards, Dr. Metaferia was assigned to Myanmar and Thailand (2002), and China (2004).

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The book begins with historical references that describe how Ethiopia was viewed by ancient civilizations, then moves to an analysis of Ethiopia's relationship with European powers in the late 19th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....
The book begins with historical references that describe how Ethiopia was viewed by ancient civilizations, then moves to an analysis of Ethiopia's relationship with European powers in the late 19th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. Ethiopia's encirclement by potentially hostile colonial powers compelled its leaders to ally with the United States, which appeared to have no colonial motives. And the US, despite its isolationist postures, saw commercial and strategic military potential in establishing links with Ethiopia. Ethio'US relations gradually flourished, and the two countries collaborated on regional security in the Horn of Africa as well as through trade. Ethiopia supported the US 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 US crucial strategic opportunities. Yet somehow, despite longtime US 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'US 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 US 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, US International Relations/Foreign Policy, and Diplomatic History.
David H. Shinn, Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, George Washington University | More »
Mario D. Fenyo, Professor of History, Bowie State University | More »
Sulayman Nyang, Professor of African Studies, Howard University | More »
Theodore M. Vestal, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Oklahoma State University, former Associate Director of the Peace Corps in Ethiopia | More »
Ayalew Mandefro, Former Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States. | More »
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Horn of Africa, Vol. 27, 2009 | More »
International Journal of Ethiopian Studies (African Academic Press, Loyola Marymount University) | More »

Pages 232
Year: 2008
LC Classification: E183.8.E8G47
Dewey code: 327.73063--dc22
BISAC: HIS001020 HISTORY / Africa / East
BISAC: POL011010 POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
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    Professor Getachew Metaferia Greetings from Omaha NE United States of America Our community established for mutual cooperation of natives of Ethiopia. We have participated at various activities helping the cause of our natives. Please,send us contact address of Pr Teskete Negash or other for review. Sincerely, Ethiopian Community Association 3314 S 44th Avenue Omaha NE 68105

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