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Talking Peace in the Ogaden

Since the 1990s, war in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia has claimed thousands of lives. The conflict between the Government of Ethiopia and the insurgent Ogaden National Liberation Front has impoverished the communities of Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State, swollen the refugee population in Kenya, and added to insecurity in the Somali territories of the Horn of Africa. 

On Thursday 20 November 2014, RVI’s Nairobi Forum hosted a discussion with Tobias Hagmann, author of the recent report, Talking Peace in the Ogaden, available here. He was joined by Mustafa Omer and the discussion was moderated by Murithi Mutiga. 

This report is the outcome of extensive research in Ethiopia, East Africa and the global Ogaadeeni diaspora. It analyses the evolution of the conflict, the changing balance of forces, and the current prospects for peace. 


Murithi Mutiga: Special Projects Editor, Sunday Nation; Contributor, International New York Times & The Guardian


Tobias Hagmann: Associate Professor Roskilde University, Denmark
Mustafa Omer: Analyst

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