Birtukan is studying “factors that have contributed to the weakening of Ethiopia’s democracytic opposition and is exploring ways of strengthening it”

15 Oct

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) announced that, its Fall 2011 cohort of Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows and Visiting Fellows. In residence are leading practitioners, journalists, and scholars from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ethiopia, Iran, Russia, and Tanzania.
The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program seeks to deepen the knowledge, enrich the skills, broaden the perspectives, and boost the morale of some of the world’s most creative and courageous democratic activists and scholars. The program is housed at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED’s research and publications arm, in Washington, D.C. Established in 2001 and named in honor of NED’s two principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the program has enabled over 170 activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from more than 70 countries to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.
Among Fall 2011 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows, Birtukan Mideksa is from Ethiopia. Birtukan is a former federal judge and leader of the pro-democracy opposition movement in Ethiopia. She is studying the factors that have contributed to the weakening of Ethiopia’s democratic opposition and is exploring ways of strengthening it.

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