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Siyum’s academic and research interest encompasses broader topics such as violent democracy, political violence, electoral democracy, authoritarianism, populism, violent extremism, peace, violent conflict, social justice, and the politics of intervention in the context of East Africa. He is currently working on studies that aim to unpack (1) the role of traditional conflict management mechanisms and (2) the dynamics of democratization and (political) violence.
This essay discusses how disinformation and uncertainty result in epistemological crises in violent contexts. It examines the challenges of (dis)information in masking the knowledge of war and violence and disorienting actors working to end the conflict. The essay discusses three layers where (dis)information challenges both observers and participa...
This paper provides a critical examination of the political economy of commercial agricultural land in Ethiopia, taking a case from the peripheral State of Gambella where the Anyuaa and the Nuer ethnic groups interact. Since 2002, the government of Ethiopia has pursued a controversial investment approach that promotes large-scale investment dominat...
In the wake of the 2011 “Arab Uprising”, liberal elements were haunting in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya – countries which experienced the uprising at its early stage. The liberal elements triggered the youth particularly in Libya to boldly oppose their long serving Libyan president, Muammar Qaddafi. In what followed, the West not only interfered to hel...
This study examines the arrival of the (trans)national investment companies in Gambela Regional State of Ethiopia where the Anyuaa and Nuer ethnic groups struggle over land and natural resources. The study aimed to explore the implication of the convergence of the large-scale land acquisition and resource based local conflict towards the local comm...