Redie Bereketeab

Nonresident Senior Fellow


Redie Bereketeab is a nonresident senior fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs.

Bereketeab has been a senior researcher at the Nordic African Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, since January 2010. He oversees a research project on conflict and state building in the Horn of Africa, and regional economic communities and peacebuilding in Africa.

Bereketeab has published several books, book chapters, and journal articles. His book contributions have been published by Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, and James Currey among others. His last books include Historical Sociology of State Formation in the Horn of Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023); Recent Developments in Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2023); and Alternatives to Neoliberal Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Africa (Routledge, 2022).

Bereketeab’s articles have appeared in many journals including African Studies, the African Studies Review, and African and Asian Studies, covering a variety of topics such as state legitimacy and government performance in the Horn of Africa and the role of education in nation‐building in postcolonial Africa. Bereketeab also serves on several journal editorial advisory boards.

Research Areas

  • State and nationalism
  • Conflict and peacebuilding
  • International relations
  • Regional integration

Countries of Focus

  • Horn of Africa
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)

Other Areas of Interest

  • Socioeconomic transformation
  • Geopolitics
  • Cold war politics


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Uppsala University, 2000
  • B.Sc., Social Sciences, Örebro University, 1992