Asnake Kefale

Name Asnake
Father’s name: Kefale
Grand father’s  name Adegehe
Education: BA, Political Science and International Relations (major) and Public Administration (minor) –Distinction 1993

MA, International Relations, International University of Japan, 1998

PhD, Political Science, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 2009

Post-doc research, Fribourg University, Switzerland, 2014

Academic rank Assistant Professor
Working for AAU Since 1993
Administrative positions held Dean, School of Governance Studies, Addis Ababa University (AAU) June 2010-September 2011

Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations, 1999-2001

Assistant Dean, Continuing Education Programme, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University, 1995-1996

Office address Campus: Main

Building: College of Social Sciences

Floor number: 2nd

Office room no.: 240

Office tel.: +251-111-231067

Mobile: +251-912-112728

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Research Interest Research interests include: Policies and institutions of conflict management in Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa region; Federalism and issues of identity; Civil society and governance; Resource conflicts; Political economy of development
List of Recent publications “Ethnic Decentralization and the Challenges of Inclusive Governance in Multiethnic Cities: The Case of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia”,  Regional & Federal Studies, Vol.  24, No. 5, Pp.  589-605 (2014).


Co-editor, Reflections on Development in Ethiopia: New Trends, Sustainability and Challenges. Addis Ababa: FSS and FES (2014)


With Fana G/Senbet, “The Expansion of the Sugar Industry in the Southern Pastoral Lowlands”, in D. Rahmato, M. Ayenew, A. Kefale and B. Habermann (eds). Reflections on Development in Ethiopia: New Trends, Sustainability and Challenges. Addis Ababa: FSS and FES (2014)


“The (un)making of opposition coalitions and the challenge of democratization in Ethiopia, 1991-2011”, in J. Abbink and T. Hagmann (eds.) Reconfiguring Ethiopia: the politics of authoritarian reform. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge (2013).


Federalism and Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia: A Comparative Regional Study. London: Routledge (2013).


Federalism & Conflict Prevention, Management & Resolution Mechanisms, vol. 5. (editor), Equality and Unity in Diversity for Development, 5th International Conference on Federalism. Addis Ababa: Shama Books (2012)