Field and river

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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Jan ZÁHOŘÍK, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

In history, it has become a normal feature of politics that states use the image of the Other" for political purposes, for instance to come up with certain claims that can have impact to both inside and outside the country. Ethiopia is no different. Throughout the last century, we can see the changing range of "the Others" and since 1991, it is mainly Eritrea, Somalia, and the Western world that play the role of "the Others". This paper will analyze the process and context of creation of "the Others" and the impact on Ethiopia's politics both inside and outside the country.