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Ethiopia and Regional Stability

March 2013

  • Ethiopia has become the second most populated country in Africa next to Nigeria
  • Ethiopia has a majority Christian and minority Muslim population who  have peacefully coexisted for centuries
  • Addis Ababa is the largest recipient of US foreign aid in Africa next to Egypt
  • Ethiopia is a close ally of USA and the West in the fight against global terrorism
  • Government of Ethiopia has adopted a divide-and-rule approach to governance, which includes draconian measures, at times. These measures have eroded freedom of speech and assembly in the country
  • The government maintains one of the largest populations of political prisoners in Africa
  • The government has targeted Muslims in recent years, raising fears that it could elicit a response whereby Muslims flock to radical ideologies
  • Ethiopia could help or hinder the spread of radical Islam across the belt of Africa