Dawit Yohannes Wondemagegnehu

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy


Country of Origin: Ethiopia


Title of PhD Thesis

The African Union-United Nations Inter-Agency Cooperation for Peace:

Unraveling an Emerging Partnership



Prof. Dr. Ulf Engel

Dr. Jean Bosco Butera



This study is about a particular form of peace and security governance arrangement currently emerging in Africa: AU-UN collaboration in peace and security. The central objective of the research is to grasp a deeper understanding of the ambivalent AU and UN collaboration in peace and security, particularly about its governance structures and its practical challenges. In this research, the collaboration is conceived simultaneously both as an emerging form of a mutually reinforcing regional-global security mechanism and a multi-level peace and security governance arrangement which seeks to respond to Africa´s contemporary security challenges. Conceptualizing the collaboration as such will have various implications. Primarily, it helps to showcase the ongoing debate on the impact of current processes of globalization on international peace and security as well as in highlighting the concomitant responses in terms of changes in peace and security governance mechanisms. Such conceptualization also helps in depicting Africa´s “coping strategies” through the resurgence of regional approaches (referred to as the process of re-territorialization) in the face of de-territorialist globalization processes arguably attributed with a power to undercut the sovereignty of the state in the 21st century.


Academic Career

2012 to 2016

PhD Candidate in Global and Area Studies with a special emphasis on peace and security in Africa (Global and European  Studies Institute, University of Leipzig and Institute for Peace and Security Studies of Addis Ababa University)

2007 to 2009

MA in Global Studies (University of Leipzig and University of Vienna)

1998 to 2005

BA in Political Science and International Relations, Addis Ababa University


Research Topics/Interests

  • African Peace and Security institutions
  • New Regionalisms
  • China Africa Relations
  • Peace-building in South Sudan



Getachew Zeru & Dawit Yohannes. “Analysing China’s Contribution to Peace in the North and South Sudan Conflict: Pre and Post Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)” in China Africa Relations: Governance, Peace, and Security (Forthcoming), 2013.

Book Review: “Maurice Mullard: The Politics of Globalization and Polarization. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006”: Published on H-NET Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences (August, 2009).