Dive into international politics closes Leadership training

Regardless the tremendous speed of economic globalization over the last 25 years, the international relations seem to be more and more chaotic every day: The traditional analysis from the Cold War era cannot explain the fundamental changes that are currently ongoing in the international relations. Where long-lasting factors disappear, new players and new interests shape the world order in the 21st century. What are the dynamics behind, who or what are moving factors?

To understand the most important challenges but also opportunities for a country like Ethiopia, the participants of the Youth Leadership Training Program dived deep into the topic of international relations at the occasion of the 6th and last intake of this year’s program between December 7th and 10th, 2017.

Besides other aspects, the discussion with H.E. Brita Wagener, German Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, focused on the role that Africa might be able to play in the upcoming years. Will the continent continue to be play ball of international interests or can there be a more active role for Africa in the international arena? The way was paved for a fruitful discussion over the weekend.

After the conceptual introductions, the participants discussed with Professor Dr. Dagnachew Assefa (Addis Abeba), the well-known Horn of Africa expert Dr. Mehari Tadele and with Mr. Yordanos Seifu, author of the book titled “Mengedegna” (Amharic for “The Traveler”) about the most important trends in international relations: Security policy, migration & climate change.

This session concluded with the graduation ceremony of this year’s Youth Leadership Training Program. Constantin Grund, Resident Representative of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, reminded the graduates of their responsibilities as leaders in their direct work and life environment and the importance of a functioning network of like-minded activists to shape the countries future for the better.

Thank you, all! The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is looking forward to intensifying its efforts on leadership development next year with a new set of inspired and motivated promising leaders!