Ethiopia and the United States: History, Diplomacy, and Analysis

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9780875866468: Ethiopia and the United States: History, Diplomacy, and Analysis

The United States and Ethiopia entered into formal relations in 1903, inaugurating a relationship that has been influenced by the domestic political environment, third parties, and global strategic concerns, as well as the personalities of individual policymakers. This book is the first comprehensive publication that deals with the history of contacts, the diplomatic relations, and the shifting of alliances between the United States and Ethiopia. Cold War politics, the roles of the Bete Israelis (Ethiopian Jews), and the Ethiopian diaspora in the US are analyzed. This is an informative and authoritative work that academics, foreign policy practitioners and the general public will find useful as they seek to understand the current turmoil in Ethiopia and her neighbors. The book fills a gap in the libraries of graduate and undergraduate departments of African Studies, US International Relations/Foreign Policy, and Diplomatic History.

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Getachew Metaferia, Ph.D. [Howard], teaches political science and coordinates the graduate program in International Studies at Morgan State University. Dr. Metaferia is also associated with the Political Leadership Institute at Morgan State University, which, in collaboration with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), provides leadership training.

Dr. Metaferia co-edited The Battle of Adwa (Algora 2005) with Dr. Paulos Milkias. His other publications include a book on the exodus of Ethiopia's educated classes and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. He received the Morgan State University Service award in 2005. Dr. Metaferia was also a recipient of Fulbright-Hayes awards and was assigned to Myanmar and Thailand (2002), and China (2004).

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For over a century Ethiopia and the United States have been engaged in meandering diplomatic relations influenced by major official actors, domestic politics, and world conditions. Professor Getachew Metaferia has provided an admirable, detailed analysis of the diplomatic history of Africa's longest enduring independent nation and its frequent benefactor from the New World. Based on archival and declassified government documents, interviews, and translations of works in Amharic, Getachew traces the ties between Imperial, socialist, and republican Ethiopian governments and the United States from the Gilded Age through the present. His research on events from the time of the Carter Administration onward is especially cogent, and his review of the Ethiopian diaspora and its impact on intergovernmental relations is enlightening. Getachew's work is highly recommended for anyone interested in understanding the roles, both beneficial and otherwise, played by the United States in creating contemporary Ethiopia with all its problems and possibilities.
Theodore M. Vestal, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Oklahoma State University, former Associate Director of the Peace Corps in Ethiopia

Getachew Metaferia's book provides a most comprehensive history of American–Ethiopian relations over the past century. His account provides new insights on that history, the relationship during the Carter presidency, and on the role of the Ethiopian diaspora. It also offers the reader some provocative analyses, particularly of the post-Derg years.
David H. Shinn, Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia; Adjunct Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

Professor Metaferia's work examines the relations between one of the oldest states in continuous existence and the superpower of the present, already on the rise in 1903, when the story in the narrower sense begins — mostly a story of missed opportunities, especially on the part of the United States. Metaferia also gives us an overview of Ethiopian history in the process.
Mario D. Fenyo, Professor of History, Bowie State University

This book touches on matters dealing with Ethiopian-U.S. relations and it documents satisfactorily the subtleties as well as the rationally detectable aspects of Cold War diplomacy of the last century. Not only is the author on familiar grounds, but he knows very well the limitations and opportunities buried in the heart of the Ethiopian political imagination.
Sulayman Nyang, Professor of African Studies, Howard University

This commendable book comes at a time when the Horn of Africa is unsettled by the political atmosphere that prevails there. This work, the first of its kind by an Ethiopian scholar, exemplifies bold academic effort in comprehensively reviewing the history of the complex relationship between the U.S. and Ethiopia. It is also a grand review which lays down strong foundation for further research. Its various segments are replete with many fascinating episodes. Dr. Metaferia affirms that peaceful and friendly relations between two nations, no matter how strong and long they last, can potentially fracture as long as donor countries keep ignoring the welfare of aid recipient nations. Dr. Metaferia's poignant closing remarks assert that a new paradigm is vital for the establishment of a stable foreign relationship in the rapidly changing power alliance of the 21st century. --Ayalew Mandefro, Former Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States

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