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How an American Bureaucrat Became President of Somalia

From Politico AP Photo He was a refugee who embraced U.S.-style democracy. Now’s he’s trying to bring it home. By TAYLOR GEE On the morning of February 8, a civil servant from Buffalo, New York—a Somali by birth but an American by choice—walked into a heavily guarded airplane hangar in the battle-scarred capital of his […]

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A Measured U.S. Strategy for the New Africa

We don’t like what comes out of the Atlantic Council on Eritrea and Somalia under the name Bronwyn Bruton, but J. Peter Pham more often than not hits the mark. Rumors of Dr. Pham being named Undersecretary of State for Africa is good news to the policy community in Washington, D.C. Here are his thoughts […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Politics and Security, Regional Issues, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda0 Comments

Ethiopia on the Recent National Election in Somalia

The Ethiopian Government’s policy towards the National Election of Somalia is and has been based on the principle of total respect for the voice of the Somali people.  In compliance with this guiding principle, the Government of Ethiopia is ready to work together with a president elected by the people of Somalia.  As a neighboring country with […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Ethiopia, Politics and Security, Regional Issues, Somalia, Somaliland0 Comments

PFDJ’s Expensive Lobby Campaign: Offering Whatever is Left of its Services for Hire

Note to our readers: We are including here another article written by guest contributor David Elias. His articles on Eritrean President Isias Afewerki have generated a great deal of discussion. Please us the comments section to voice your opinion.           Eritrea’s Trifecta: Bronwyn Bruton, Isias Afewerki, Henry “Hank” Cohen David Elias […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Economy, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup, Politics and Security, Regional Issues10 Comments

Taking Stock of the Philosopher King’s success stories and hollow promises

Editor’s note: This piece is written by one of our guest contributors. by David Elias In the poorly written drama that is Eritrean politics, this is the time of the year when the dictator of Eritrea—the omniscient Isaias Afeworki—will start clogging the airwaves in the impoverished nation with longwinded tales of his regime’s “monumental success […]

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Why do EU leaders still think they can engage with Eritrea’s regime?

From the Guardian Martin Plaut European officials under pressure to cut migration should have learned by now that ignoring human rights violations is unlikely to succeed Eritrean refugee children play at a refugee camp in the Tigrai region in Ethiopia. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters As the European parliament hosts another Eritrean politician in the hope of […]

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Rene Lefort’s “Ethiopia Crisis”: What We Know

  by the Strathink Editorial Team The discourse on Ethiopian politics is a bleak landscape of twisted and oblique narratives packaged in a one-size-fits-all generic model of “the African state” rather than “the state in Africa.” Current writing about recent events in Ethiopia theorizes the state as authoritarian, repressive and corrupt.  The cause of the […]

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U.S. Push to Halt Genocide in South Sudan Unravels at United Nations

  The Security Council is balking at an arms embargo that is too little, too late for the world’s youngest nation. BY COLUM LYNCH Faced with a dire U.N. warning of a possible genocide in South Sudan, the United States was set this week to finally embrace an arms embargo against the world’s newest country […]

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Can Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Lead to Genuine Reform?

Editors Note: From one of our readers. by Kassahun Alemayehu  The spike of unrest in parts of the country that preceded the Ethiopian government’s declaration of a state of emergency led many observers to ask, “Is Ethiopia’s success story of economic growth and political stability at last fizzling out?”  For fourteen years, Ethiopia has registered […]

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South Sudan agrees to deploy regional protection force

From al Jazeera The decision comes after months of hesitation by South Sudan after soaring violence erupted in Juba in July. South Sudan agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated force in Juba [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters] The South Sudan government has agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated regional force in Juba, a spokesman […]

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