Articles by Merkeb Negash

Merkeb Negash
About Merkeb Negash (11 Articles)
Merkeb Negash, is a Lecturer of Political Science and International Relations at Jimma University. He is a blogger on HornAffairs and can be reached at elroenegash(at)

Eritrea: The unraveling of Isaias authored identity

Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 1:20 am

(Merkeb Negash) Exactly a year ago, in an article titled “The Politics of Writing an Eritrean Identity”, I argued against military intervention in Eritrea by, among other, elucidating how the Eritrean identity has been constructed and its impact [...]

Nile| Irresponsible Yet Demanding Egypt

Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

Egypt accuses Ethiopia of being rigid for rejecting Egypt’s new proposal of another round of IPoE – this sounds ridiculous because international meetings are conducted on predetermined agendum. Egypt brought new agendum into the tripartite meeting reflecting only its own interest disregarding others; therefore, Ethiopia’s insistence to keep the meeting on the previously agreed points is a reverential move highlighting its longest diplomatic negotiation tradition. [...]

Nile| Renaissance dam's unnoticed impact on Ethiopian psyche

Saturday, May 18, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

(Merkeb Negash) “The humiliation of a thing is sufficient to stimulate it; the humiliation of a country is sufficient to rejuvenate it” – Book of Rites (Chinese literature) When the late prime minister came up with the idea of building [...]

Is Meles’ developmentalism winning in Ethiopia?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

The active politician is a creator, an initiator; but he neither creates from nothing nor does he move in the turbid void of his own desires and dreams. He bases himself on effective reality… applies one’s will to the creation of a new [...]

Analysis| Eritrea: Ali Abdu's absence and Asmara's silence

Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

Irrespective of his whereabouts, however, Ali Abdu’s disappearance from public view in the last five months by itself points to a bigger picture. “Ali played a central role in one of the most oppressive governments on earth. The opacity that now surrounds his whereabouts is a symptom of more general problems in Eritrea, issues that have made life virtually impossible for much of the population- indeed, over a quarter-million Eritreans are living as refugees in surrounding countries”[ [...]