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William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia

Crisis Group Role

William Davison joined Crisis Group in April 2019 as Senior Analyst for Ethiopia.

Professional Background

William was Bloomberg’s Ethiopia correspondent from 2010 until 2017 and has also published in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, and other international media. In 2018 he founded Ethiopia Insight, from which he is editorially detached..

In The News

12 Jan 2022
The fact that the Tigrayans [in Ethiopia] are making suggestions for a negotiated settlement involving forceful international action is ... positive, but these are ultimately unrealistic proposals. Financial Times

William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia
5 Nov 2021
After a year of war, the Ethiopian conflict is at an incredibly dangerous point, with no side showing signs of backing down. TRT World

William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia
13 Oct 2021
Given the current situation [in Ethiopia] and the likelihood of continued fighting, particularly in the Amhara region, I think we are likely to see the U.S. implement targeted sanctions soon. The National

William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia
11 Jul 2021
The current violent blowback indicates that [President] Abiy and his allies cannot achieve peace and prosperity for all Ethiopians by imposing their vision and party on Ethiopia using the coercive power of the state. Al Jazeera

William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia
7 May 2021
With the conflict in Tigray set to continue, and many people there supporting armed resistance and even secession, the pressing challenge for the prime minister is holding the country together Reuters

William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia
2 Apr 2021
[Tigrayan forces] are increasingly entrenched in rural areas and their armed resistance appears to be gaining popular support among the Tigrayan population Al Jazeera

William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia

Latest Updates

Podcast / Africa

Tigrayan Forces Retreat in Ethiopia

This week on The Horn, Alan talks to Crisis Group’s Ethiopia expert William Davison about the latest dramatic developments in the country’s civil war, after a major withdrawal by the Tigray forces. 

Podcast / Africa

Will Tigrayan Rebels Attack Ethiopia’s Capital?

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and Crisis Group expert William Davison discuss Ethiopia’s civil war, now entering its second year, and the advance by Tigrayan rebels toward the capital Addis Ababa.

Q&A / Africa

The Dangerous Expansion of Ethiopia’s Tigray War

A rapidly escalating conflict has pushed Africa’s second most populous country to the edge. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert William Davison explains why the main protagonists urgently need to strike a deal to avert a downward spiral toward state collapse.

Podcast / Africa

A Dramatic Turn in Ethiopia’s Tigray War

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and Naz Modirzadeh talk to William Davison, Crisis Group’s Ethiopia expert, about the stunning turn in the war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, as rebels seized regional capital Mekelle and the government announced a unilateral ceasefire.

Q&A / Africa

Ethiopia Votes, But Balloting Will Not Ease the Country’s Deep Crisis

Elections delayed from 2020 due to COVID-19 are set to take place on 21 June amid mounting crises across Ethiopia, including a grinding, brutal war in Tigray. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert William Davison outlines what to expect.