S08E06: Michael Wolde­mari­am on Chal­lenges Fac­ing African Democ­ra­cy (Part 1)

This episode explores polit­i­cal and mil­i­tary con­flicts in Ethiopia and more broad­ly, in the Horn of Africa. Why has Ethiopia’s process of democ­ra­ti­za­tion erod­ed in recent years? And what is the wider impact of such demo­c­ra­t­ic back­slid­ing on African region­al pol­i­tics? Lis­ten to hear how shift­ing glob­al geopo­lit­i­cal bal­ances are shap­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty struc­tures of democ­ra­ti­za­tion in Africa today.

Guest fea­tured in this episode: 

Michael Wolde­mari­am is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the School of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land, Col­lege Park, and a Senior Fel­low at the Cen­ter for Inter­na­tion­al and Secu­ri­ty Stud­ies. He has held fel­low­ships from pres­ti­gious insti­tu­tions includ­ing the Woodrow Wil­son Inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter for Schol­ars and the African Research Cen­ter at Penn State Uni­ver­si­ty. In 2020–21, he brought his exper­tise to the Demo­c­ra­t­ic staff at the Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee through a fel­low­ship from the Coun­cil on For­eign Rela­tions.
With a pri­ma­ry focus on African secu­ri­ty stud­ies, Wolde­mari­am’s research cen­ters on the Horn of Africa. He is active­ly engaged in con­sult­ing with var­i­ous inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions on the pol­i­tics and secu­ri­ty dynam­ics of the region. His schol­ar­ly con­tri­bu­tions span across aca­d­e­m­ic jour­nals such as “Con­tem­po­rary Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy” and “Stud­ies in Con­flict and Ter­ror­ism”, as well as promi­nent out­lets like “For­eign Affairs” and “For­eign Pol­i­cy”.
In 2018, Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press pub­lished his book, “Insur­gent Frag­men­ta­tion in the Horn of Africa: Rebel­lion and Its Dis­con­tents”, which has received acclaim for its insight­ful analy­sis of region­al complexities.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.