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Political affairs in the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia are a sensitive, contested topic. Peace talks between the Ethiopian government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which began in 2012, represent the first real opportunity to solve a near 20 year-old conflict that has exacted a heavy toll on civilians in eastern Ethiopia. 
 
In early 2014, the parties to the conflict were preparing for a third round of these talks. This report, produced by the Rift Valley Institute, analyses past and current prospects for the success of peace talks between the Ethiopian government and the ONLF.