International Relations Masterclass - Inspiration from Ethiopia: The Nobel Peace Prize and its implications for peace in Africa

The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. He is Africa’s youngest head of government and has been in power only since April 2018. Accolades are pouring in from across the globe, and his selection is seen as a boost for reformist leaders across the continent. On the other hand, critics allege that the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s choice was premature, given Abiy’s short track-record in governance. As always, there are those who say it is unfair to reward an individual for processes that hinge on the efforts of an entire society. Indeed, they ask, is there any point in awarding a Nobel Peace Prize?

This Masterclass will examine the historical and current debate around the Peace Prize and its role in the ‘politics of peace’. More specifically, it will reflect on the implications that the 2019 award – to a young, dynamic Ethiopian Prime Minister – might have for peace in Africa.


Dr. Yolanda K. Spies, Visiting Lecturer, Webster University Ghana Campus; Chair: African Diplomacy, University of Johannesburg.

Dr. Felix Danso, Faculty, Webster University Ghana.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Webster Ghana Campus East Legon, Accra, Ghana.

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Global Campuses, Ghana




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