IOWC Associate: Awet T. Weldemichael

Awet T. Weldemichael earned a PhD and other graduate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and attended undergraduate studies at both the University of Asmara in Eritrea and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Awet previously held teaching and research positions at Trinity College, University of Bologna, University of Hamburg and University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7. He has also worked for international organizations, including the United Nations mission in East Timor (2007) and the Carter Center election observer mission in Sudan (2010). He currently teaches history at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario

Awet’s research centers around post-WWII Northeast Africa and island Southeast Asia. In 2013, he published a comparative study of the Eritrean and East Timorese independence movements: Third World Colonialism and Strategies of Liberation (Cambridge University Press). His current research interests include the political economy of conflict in the Horn of Africa with a focus on Somalia, where he has done extensive fieldwork. He has particularly been working on piracy and maritime security in the western Indian region.

He is the editor of the forthcoming open access online journal, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Contact Information
1739 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY
USA 40506-0027


Online Journals

Forthcoming Editor, Africa and the Indian Ocean


2014 Dalhousie Marine Piracy Project: When Elephants Fight, the Grass Suffers: A Report on the Local Consequences of Piracy in Puntland (Marine Affairs Program Technical Report #12). Dalhousie University.

2012 Third World Colonialism and Strategies of Liberation: Eritrea and East Timor Compared. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Articles and Chapters

2014 "Formative Alliances of Northeast African Insurgents: The Eritrean Liberation Movement and the Ethiopian Armed Opposition between the 1970s and 1990s." Northeast African Studies 14.1: 83-122.

2013 "African Diplomacy of Liberation: The Case of Eritrea's Search for an 'African India'." Cahiers d'études africaines 4.212: 867-894.

2012 "Maritime Corporate Terrorism and its Consequences in the Western Indian Ocean Region: Waste Dumping, Illegal Fishing and Piracy in 21st Century Somalia." Journal of the Indian Ocean Region 8.2: 110-126.

2012 Guest Co-editor (with Andrew C. Winner and Patricia Schneider), "Maritime Terrorism and Piracy in the Indian Ocean Region," special issue of Journal of the Indian Ocean Region 8.2.

2011 "Threats, Prospects and Trends in Eritrean-Yemeni Waters." Strategic Insights: Global Maritime Security Analysis 34.

2010 "Grand Strategies of Liberation in Eritrea and East Timor." Africa/Istituto italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente LXV.1-2: 40-57.

2009 "The Eritrean Long March: The Strategic Withdrawal of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF), 1978–1979." The Journal of Military History 7.4: 1231-1271.

2006 "The Challenges and Pleasures of a Comparative Fieldwork." UFAHAMU. A Journal of African Studies XXXIII.1: 99-112.

Encyclopedia Entries and Editorial

2014 "Bringing Eritrea in from the cold: we need to un-break the US-Ethiopia-Eritrea triangle." African Arguments, 17 January 2014.

2012 Co-Author (with Abdisalam Warsame Hassan), "Understanding Somali Piracy on Land and Sea." Think Africa Press, 28 November 2012.

2011 "Tedla Uqbit." In Encyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 5, edited by Siegbert Uhlig. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz.

2011 "Andom Tesfatsion." In Encyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 5, edited by Siegbert Uhlig. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz.

2009 "Jose Ramos-Horta." In World Book Encyclopedia vol. 16. Chicago: World Book.

2006 "Timor-Leste: Expediting Elections won't Resolve the Current Crisis; Delaying them May." Suara Timor LoroSae, 1 September 2006.

2006 "Who is Better Suited to Write Whose History?" Shaebia, 8 August 2006.

2004 "Eritrea and Ethiopia: Where to Now?" Asmarino Independent, 10 August 2004.

2001 "Arbitration: the Eritrean Experience." Asmarino Independent, 2 December 2001.