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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

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
26 Mar 2021
And it is hard to imagine Ethiopia's federal government entirely crushing this rebellion if Eritrean troops withdraw. DW News

William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia
12 Dec 2020
Because of improving relations, the Eritrean government has gained more ability to influence the Ethiopian government not to be a host for dissidents. AFP

William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia

Latest Updates

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.

Podcast / Africa

Ethiopia’s Rocky Transitional Election

This week on The Horn, Alan Boswell talks to Crisis Group expert William Davison about how June elections may play out amid rising insecurity across Ethiopia, and what a victory for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s party could mean for the turbulent transition and broader region.

Op-Ed / Africa

Ethiopia: Not too Late to Stop Tigray Conflict from Unravelling Country

In the early hours of 4 November, a powder keg exploded in the Horn of Africa, as tensions between Ethiopia’s federal government and Tigray region’s leaders erupted into conflict.

Originally published in The Africa Report