Senior Honors Projects, 2020-current

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Date of Graduation




Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Department of Political Science


Melinda Adams

Kenneth Rutherford

David Owusu-Ansah


This study analyzes Ethiopia's potential to be considered a rising regional power in East Africa. This project began with a qualitative analysis considering literature on hegemony, and broadly accepted regional powers within the International community. It then considers regional powers within the African context (Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa) to gain an understanding in how the existing literature fits within Africa. The second substantial chapter then considers prominent Ethiopian leaders whose legacy is still felt in the 21st century, including individuals such as Emperor Menelik and Haile Selassie. This analysis shows Ethiopia's complex history which complicates the country's ability to be labeled a rising regional power, especially with the rising ethnic violence.



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