This volume contains the papers presented at the Conference `Ethiopian and German Contributions to Conflict Management and Resolution' of November 2005, Addis Ababa. The aim of this conference was to bring researchers and those working in the practical field of conflict resolution together, before the background of renewed internal and international conflict. Research in conflict resolution mechanisms is one of the most hopeful fields in modern social sciences. Local conflicts can have devastating effects on the state and even involve the international level. In turn, international conflict can also destabilize society and create new local conflicts. However, local conflict resolution mechanisms could be of a great importance even within the international scene. This volumes examines the experiences in Ethiopia and the impact the acquired knowledge could have for future conflict resolution and management.
The economist and political historian Kinfe Abraham is the Director of the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development (EIIPD), Addis Ababa, and of Horn of Africa Democracy and Development (HADAD).
Wolbert G.C. Smidt, specialized in political and historical anthropology, is a senior researcher at the Asia-Africa-Institute of Hamburg University, Germany, and professeur invité at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris.