Tariku Debretsion

Goal

  • Through objective and independent research and analysis, contribute to the knowledge of the people and the region of the Horn of Africa (HOA).
  • Expose the predatory conduct of global, regional, and local forces.
  • Highlight the plight of the people of the HOA.
  • Foster peaceful political and social relations, economic cooperations, and collective security between the people and the states of the Horn of Africa.

The Horn of Africa is one of the most balkanized conflict-ridden regions in the world. As a result, the people suffer from abject poverty and underdevelopment, and the environment has been degraded.

Colonialism carved the Horn of Africa (HOA) region into fragmented states. In the post-colonial era, the efforts of these fragmented states to sort out their mutilated existence and define their relationships has often devolved into incessant violent conflicts. Many forms of competing national ideologies were hailed that then faded. Scores of devastating intra-state wars have been fought. Proxy wars were fanned by superpowers, by regional powers, and by local states. The net results: Somalia a failed state, Ethiopia on edge, Eritrea in paralysis, and Sudan in fragmentation. These outcomes, in turn, have paved the way for world powers to dictate the region’s political future without leaving room for input from the region’s people.

The nascent transformation currently unfolding is an antithesis of these phenomena. The elites of the region have come to the realization that divided, they become peons of global and regional hegemons, and united, they stand strong to shape their destiny. Nationalist ideologies, focused on pushing one state’s parochial interests at the cost of a neighboring state, have not benefited any states in meaningful ways. On the contrary, these ideologies have only made the HOA a dumping ground of obsolete military wares.

The fraternal peoples of HOA, through numerous demonstrations in the past few years, have expressed their yearning to stand united for peace, for economic cooperation, and collective security. United they could eliminate external and internal domination and exploitation and defeat poverty and underdevelopment.

About Myself

My name is Tariku Debretsion. I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I was born into the Eritrean national struggle, and I dedicated my youth and adult life to the Ethiopian and Eritrean struggle for social emancipation. I am an orphan of both revolutions. In 1981 I immigrated to the US. After thirty-three years of service in public transportation, I am retired and live in Austin, Texas, with my wife and two sons. I have written numerous articles and given scores of speeches on the political, economic, and social affairs of the Horn of Africa.

I attended Addis Ababa University, graduated from Khartoum University with a BA in economics, and earned a master’s in economics from California State University Los Angeles.