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The Ethio-Tigray war started on Nov. 4, 2020. For almost two years, the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea — along with Amhara regional forces and militia — have waged war against Tigray’s regional government and society. Tigray is a tiny ethnonational group that makes up about 6% of Ethiopia’s population of 121 million. Yet it has been able to hold off well-armed military forces.

A sociologist who has written extensively on the cultures of nationalism in the region, Asafa Jalata, professor of sociology and global and Africana studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has studied the deep and complex roots of the conflict. He believes that understanding its history is key to comprehending how Tigray has developed the resolve to hold off a far greater military might than its own. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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