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Registration opens for August conference on Ethiopia

June 14, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Critical issues that face Ethiopia and northwest Africa are the focus of a biennial conference at Western Michigan University Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 2-4.

The Fourth International Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies at the Haworth College of Business in Schneider Hall will include a forum on key policy options, sessions on topics such as peace building and conflict resolution in the region, and an exchange of research papers by scholars--a select group of which will be considered for publication in a new online publication called the Journal of Ethiopian Development Studies.

Registration for the conference is under way. It is open to academics, policy makers, investors, donors, students and the public.

Ethiopia has a population of 75 million people and is the second most populated country in Africa. The nation is located in northeast Africa, also known as the Horn of Africa, which includes Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti. The greater northeast Africa region also encompasses Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

As a sub-region, the Horn is one of Africa's and the global economy's most strategic areas, serving as a bridge between Africa and the Middle East as well as the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. In addition, it is a culturally and historically rich region with diverse languages, religions and cultures and great natural resource potential.

In spite of those assets, however, the Horn is one of Africa's poorest and most unstable sub-regions, suffering from conflicts and violence within and among its member states.

The conference costs $10 for students and $25 for others before July 1 and $30 after July 1. To register or obtain more information, visit the Haenicke Institute for Global Education on the Web or call (269) 387-5890.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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