Alagaw Ababu is a research associate at the African leadership Centre. His research interests include securitization discourses; security and development in Africa; state and peace building; political economy of (in)security regimes; and non-state conflicts and their termination.

In his capacity as Research Associate at the ALC, Alagaw has been part of ALC’s collaborative research on ‘Reframing Narratives of Peace Building and State Building in Africa’ funded by International Development Research Centre, Canada. He has also been a member of the Ethiopian team of the project as part of which he co-produced a baseline study and a final research report entitled ‘Trajectories of Peace Building and State Building in Ethiopia: The Role of Political Settlements. Under the supervision of the principal investigator Alagaw prepared a course narrative and module outline on the theme of ‘reframing theories of peace and state building in Africa’. He is also currently working on traditional mechanisms of conflict resolution and localized conflicts in Africa that will constitute a chapter in a book entitled ‘Outliers in Peace Building’.

Previously, Alagaw worked on the Culture of peace in Ethiopia; on economic growth, political repression and insurgencies in Ethiopia; and security threats and securitization discourses in the greater Horn of Africa. He had mentored ALC’s Women Security and Development Fellows on ‘state, security and development’ as well as taught an MA module on Conflict Analysis and Transformation at University of Hargisa, Somaliland. Alagaw was also previously a lecturer at Dilla University, Ethiopia, where he taught courses including State, Government and Society; Development Theory and Practice; Research Methods in the Social Sciences; and Political Philosophy.

Alagaw graduated in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in 2007 and holds an MA degree in Peace and Security Studies from Addis Ababa University (2011). He also has an MA degree in Conflict Security and Development from King’s College London, awarded with distinction in 2012. Alagaw was African Leadership Centre’s Security and Development Fellow from 2011 to 2013.

His publications include:

  • Entrenching the culture of peace in Ethiopia: Challenges and opportunities, December 2012, An Anthology of Peace and Security Research, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University.
  • Economic Growth, Political Repression and Insurgencies in Contemporary Ethiopia, African Leadership Centre Monograph Series, No 13, 2012
  • State building and non-state conflict in Africa, Strategic Review for Southern Africa, Vol. 37 No.1, 2015.

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