Africa Program Southern Voices scholar, Tasew Tafese Gashaw’s work focuses on conflict resolution and peacebuilding related to cross-border intergroup conflicts. He describes efforts to resolve ongoing conflicts along the borders of Ethiopia and South Sudan in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



Tasew Tafese Gashaw, a short-term Southern Voices African Research Scholar with the Wilson Center’s Africa program, attained his first and second degrees from Addis Ababa University in the field of Ethiopian Language & Literature and Multicultural & Multilingual Education in 2003 and 2009 respectively. Currently, he is working towards his PhD degree at Addis Ababa University in Peace and Security. His dissertation focuses on cross border intergroup conflicts along the Ethiopia and South Sudan border. Specifically he focuses on the borderland people of Murle, Anyuaa and Nuer people. While studying for his first and second degrees, he worked in different governmental and non-governmental organizations in a number of positions. Besides his research, Gashaw worked as a regional security administrator, special secretary to the president of Gambella Peoples’ National Regional State, finance and economic adviser, lecturer, training coordinator, project coordinator, project manager, project officer, and data collector/assessor. In addition he trained in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. He has had a book published, and his research has appeared in a number of journals.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.