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Diaspora Lobbies and the US GovernmentConvergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy$
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Josh DeWind and Renata Segura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479818761

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479818761.001.0001

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Diaspora Lobbying and Ethiopian Politics

Diaspora Lobbying and Ethiopian Politics

(p.163) Chapter Seven Diaspora Lobbying and Ethiopian Politics
Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government

Terrence Lyons

NYU Press

This chapter examines the relations between the Ethiopian diaspora and the US government. Diaspora lobby organizations in the United States have tended to be dominated by adherents to Ethiopian political parties opposed to the party currently controlling the Ethiopian government. Pointing to US values and the need for long-term stability in Ethiopia in order to gain leverage with US administrations, leaders of diaspora organizations have promoted US policies of democratization and respect for human rights in Ethiopia. However, since the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front came to power in 1991, the executive branch has viewed the exile diaspora groups as extremist and out of date in refusing to seek incremental changes through collaboration with the Ethiopian government.

Keywords:   Ethiopian diaspora, US government, Ethiopian government, diaspora lobby organizations, US policies

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