n Africa Insight - What did we dream? What did we achieve? And where are we heading?

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This paper attempts not so much to predict the future of Ethiopia, as to survey the country's past course, describe its present state, and indicate possible future directions. The paper looks at three main subjects. In the first section, an attempt is made to answer the question of what past generations had dreamt of. In the second, the paper assesses, in light of the present condition, whether those dreams have come true or whether they have turned into nightmares. In the third section, attention shifts to the difficult subject of what, based on the answers to the two earlier questions, we can learn from the past and how we can chart a better future.

While the influence of global and regional developments should not be denied, it should be emphasised that national or internal developments play the most dominant role in determining Ethiopia's future course.

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