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Eritrea’s Perpetual Winter

By The Strathink Editorial Team Last week there were reports that 20 members of a rebel movement—known as the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM)—had been captured while attempting to attack the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The dam, now close to completion, is expected to quadruple Ethiopia’s current electricity and export […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Economy, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup3 Comments

Ginbot 7 and the Ethiopian Diaspora: Next Steps

By the Strathink Editorial Team Berhanu Nega, leader of Ginbot 7, a self-described terrorist group committed to overthrowing the Ethiopian government “by any means necessary,” is back in the United States. Why? Presumably, the economist turned military commander of a 200-man army based in Asmara is here to raise money and the flagging hopes of […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Democracy, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup, Policy Dialogue, Politics and Security18 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

Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Will End but A Luta Continua

  By the Strathink Editorial Team The Ethiopian Government has declared a “state of emergency” following a series of protests that have rocked the country to its core. Disenchantment with the government, high rates of unemployment, rising costs of living and the absence of a platform for expressing any opposition to the government (e.g. legislature) […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup, Policy Dialogue0 Comments

Ethnicity, Land and Governance: Ethiopia at a Crossroads (Part 1)

  by the Strathink Editorial Team Recent events in Ethiopia reveal the growing pains of a country in transition. Just twenty-five years ago, Ethiopia was slowly waking up after nearly two decades of a failed experiment to impose an ill-suited socialism on a country that had just thrown off the last vestiges of feudalism. The […]

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Why Are We Not Listening to Andargechaw Tsige–Ginbot 7 leader held by Ethiopian Government

    September 3, 2014—The Ethiopian Government is holding Andargachew Tsige, Secretary General of Ginbot 7, since his extradition from Yemen last month. Yemeni security forces apprehended Mr. Tsige while he was attempting to board a plane bound for Eritrea. His arrest brought attention from the British Government, a U.S. Congressman from California, and a […]

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Posted in Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup, Politics and Security, Regional Issues14 Comments

Mr. Al Mariam, You Are Not Still the Smartest Person in the Room (Part 2): We challenge you to do better

   By the Strathink Editorial Team In his relentless pursuit of untruths, Mr. Al Mariam has taken on an internationally renowned expert on famine, Dr. Alex de Waal. Dr. de Waal has spent the last thirty some years studying famine—and not from the comfort of his desk. Dr. de Waal has spent a great deal […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Economy, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup, Policy Dialogue, Politics and Security, Regional Issues1 Comment

The Good Wife in Somaliland

New York Times Photo CreditIllustration by Melinda Josie One August afternoon last year, waiting in the polished lobby of the Maan-Soor Hotel in Hargeisa, Somaliland, I wondered if it wasn’t too late to cancel the appointment I had made. I had been returning to the city of my birth regularly for the past eight years, […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Opinion Roundup, Somalia, Somaliland, Somaliland0 Comments

“Political Space” on Ethiopia opens a bit at the Brookings Institution

Congratulations to the Brookings Institution for expanding the “political space” of the prevailing narrative on Ethiopian politics and economy. On April 24th, Brookings hosted a panel discussion, “The security situation in Ethiopia and how it relates to the broader region,” featuring Professor Terrence Lyons and Professor Abye Assefa. While the views of Professor Lyons are […]

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Posted in Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Economy, Eritrea, Opinion Roundup, Policy Dialogue, Politics and Security, Regional Issues, Somalia0 Comments

We Live in Interesting Times: How the West Views Africa

The Strathink Editorial Team We live in interesting times. Our world today is faster, more connected and, in many ways, smaller than the planet we inhabited just twenty years ago. Yet, one part of our world seems surprising unchanged if we view that region from the perspective of the West—Africa. Despite the profound changes that […]

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