Professor Markakis has been in Ethiopia for more than half a century. He is an expert on African studies and has taught at Addis Abeba University for many years. He personally knows Walleign Mekonnen and many others who were actively involved in the student movement at the time.
He has written several books. And he just completed his latest book recently. And it is a must-read book especially for the political elite. Professor Markakis gave an extensive and insightful interview with Abebe Gelaw of ESAT.