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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

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
2 Sep 2020
Ethiopia will not be deterred from finishing GERD by U.S. aid cuts and nor will it change its negotiating stance. Bloomberg

William Davison

Senior Analyst, Ethiopia

Latest Updates

Podcast / Africa

Ethiopia’s Slide Toward Civil War

This week on The Horn, clashes have broken out between Ethiopia’s federal troops and forces in northern Tigray. Crisis Group experts covering the long-feared escalation and the broader Horn of Africa discuss reaching a ceasefire and how to address the underlying need for a broader national dialogue.

Op-Ed / Africa

Coronavirus: Ethiopia’s opportunity to reboot its troubled transition

Ethiopia has postponed elections scheduled for August and declared a five-month state of emergency to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. If managed well, this time could be used to put the country’s democratic transition back on track.

Originally published in The Africa Report

Commentary / Africa

Calming the Choppy Nile Dam Talks

Egypt and Ethiopia are exchanging harsh words over the dam the latter is building on the Blue Nile. At issue is how fast the Horn nation will fill its reservoir once construction is complete. The two countries’ leaders should cool the rhetoric and seek compromise.