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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

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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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

“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

Senior UN official warns Burundi’s tensions could fuel violence throughout Great Lakes region

People demonstrate in Bujumbura against a decision by Burundi’s ruling party to nominate President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term (April 2015). Photo: Desire Nimubona/IRIN 22 March 2016 – A climate for inclusive dialogue is urgently required to eradicate the polarization and fragmentation of Burundian society, resulting from the increasing poverty and ongoing political […]

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Posted in Burundi, Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Policy Dialogue, Politics and Security, Regional Issues, Rwanda0 Comments

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2016

From The Brookings Institution Africa is at a tipping point in 2016. Despite all the success the continent has achieved in recent years, new and old dangers—economic, political, and security-related—threaten to derail its progress. With sound policymaking, effective leadership, and enough foresight, however—Africa can meet and defeat these challenges as well as the many more […]

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Ambassador Cohen, Please Stop

By the Strathink.net Editorial Team The strathink.net editorial team is puzzled by the recent interview given by Ambassador Herman Cohen to Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT). In an article posted today by tesfanews.net, “Minority Regime Could Never Achieve Economic Development,” Ambassador Cohen makes a number of statements that seriously call into question his credibility as a […]

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U.S. fears Burundi ultimatum will trigger violence this weekend

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The president of Burundi’s five-day ultimatum for people to hand over illegal firearms or be treated as enemies of the state may spark extensive bloodshed in the coming days, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday. “The United States is alarmed by the […]

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Violent Islamist extremism and terror in Africa

30 September 2015 This paper presents an overview of large-scale violence by Islamist extremists in key African countries. The paper builds on previous publications of the Institute for Security Studies on the nexus between development and conflict trends, and it seeks to provide an overview of the evolution of the associated terrorism through quantitative and […]

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To Our Muslim Readers…

The Strathink team would like to wish all of our readers Eid Mubarak. We join all who are wishing the people of the Islamic faith peace and joy following the hadj. We are saddened by the recent loss of life in Mecca and pray for all the families who have lost their loved ones during […]

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