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EPRDF: Might is Not Always Right!!!

To our readers: Strathink is pleased to present this personal reflection by Abebaye Tegen. We are always pleased to publish the thoughts of our readers and invite public discourse on these very important issues. Let us know what you think. A personal reflection for public discourse by abebayetegen@gmail.com The ruling party in Ethiopia, EPRDF, is in […]

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How to Win Back the Soul of the EPRDF: Leadership (Part 1)

By the Strathink Editorial Team “We cannot but feel deeply insulted that, at the dawn of the new millennium, ours is one of the poorest countries in the world,” he said, adding that “the darkness of poverty and backwardness” had dimmed the country’s once proud and powerful reputation. “A thousand years from now, when Ethiopians […]

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What Trump’s stance on Africa means for continental security efforts

From the Institute of Security Studies America’s preference for cost-saving at the UN while pursuing bilateral approaches is affecting African peacekeeping. 06 NOV 2017  /  BY OMAR S MAHMOOD AND NDUBUISI CHRISTIAN ANI When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States (US) in January, many wondered what his administration’s policy towards Africa would be. Ten months later, it […]

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American Hypocrisy: H.R. 128

by The Strathink Editorial Team U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado, is calling on Congress to put House Resolution (H.R.) 128 to a vote following legislative postponement last month. What is H.R. 128? The resolution calls for the U.S. Department of State to review security assistance for Ethiopia unless certain conditions are met […]

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Everyone in Eritrea is desperate to flee, including the President’s son

FROM AFRICA IS A COUNTRY OCTOBER 11, 2017 by ABRAHAM T. ZERE Image Credit: Joseph Bautista via Flickr Creative Commons In today’s Eritrea, there is no difference between the jailer and the jailed. The political culture is so violent and desperate that the president’s own son attempted to escape the country. President Isaias Afwerki’s erratic and mercurial temperament – he has been the head of a one-party dictatorship since independence […]

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Make Your Voice Heard on Senate Resolution 168

by the Strathink Editorial Team It is understandable why Senator Ben Cardin and his co-sponsors have proposed this unhelpful Senate Resolution 168. Maryland, the state Senator Cardin represents, is home to a large number of Ethiopian Americans. Other co-sponsors, such as Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, represent states with […]

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Seven Things the New U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Should Know About Ethiopia

by The Strathink Editorial Team U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed career foreign service officer Michael Raynor as the new U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia. Ambassador Raynor, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, is no stranger to Africa. He served as Ambassador to Benin and executive director to the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs. He […]

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America Wasn’t Built for Humans

Dear readers, Given the events of the past few years, we thought we would publish this article from New York Magazine. What do you think? The Strathink Editorial Team FROM THE NEW YORK MAGAZINE Tribalism was an urge our Founding Fathers assumed we could overcome. And so it has become our greatest vulnerability. By Andrew Sullivan […]

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ETHIOPIA, A LONG-TERM US PARTNER IN PEACE AND SECURITY

From The Reporter 15 Jul, 2017 By Yonas Abiye 0 Comments  Chargé d’ Affaires of the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Peter Vrooman, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.  He began his career in 1991. His most recent posting was as the Spokesperson for the US Embassy in New Delhi.  Prior to that assignment, Peter worked as […]

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When Democracy is Messy: What Can Ethiopia Learn from the American Predicament?

By the Strathink Editorial Team Editors’ note: It is not often that one compares America’s 250+ years liberal democracy to a country like Ethiopia and its democracy of barely 25 years. However, America’s current crisis of democracy reminds us that democracy is messy and maybe still in its experimental stage as states grapple with a […]

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