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Can Military Might Alone Defeat al-Shabaab?

March 21, 2017by Mustafa Bananay A Somali woman walks past a soldier protecting a nomad settlement at Sadumay. Somalia, December 1, 2014 (Sipa/Associated Press) Developing a “security pact” to tackle insurgent jihadists al-Shabaab, who continue to stifle state-building efforts, is one of the key agenda items at the upcoming high-level conference on Somalia scheduled for […]

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South Sudan’s Man-Made Famine

From Foreign Policy The country’s warring leaders have left their citizens with two options – flee or starve. BY SIOBHÁN O’GRADY PALORINYA, Uganda – The bloodstain outside Peresi Saima’s house told her what she already knew. Still, she pushed the door to her home open just far enough to see her dead husband’s body slumped […]

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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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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

Former Prime Minister Is Elected President of Struggling Somalia

From the New York Times By JEFFREY GETTLEMANFEB. 8, 2017 Photo Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday after he was elected president of Somalia.CreditSaid Yusuf Warsame/European Pressphoto Agency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a former prime minister, was chosen on Wednesday as Somalia’s next president, capping a clan-based electoral process that had been widely criticized as corrupt even […]

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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

Explaining President Isaias’ deep-seated antipathy toward the people of Eritrea

Dear readers: We are pleased to post another article from our contributing editor, David Elias, on Eritrea. Please let us know your thoughts about Eritrea, Isias Afewerki and the people of Eritrea. David Elias In my previous two articles I have made an attempt to lay bare the mendacious declarations of the PFDJ with regard […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Democracy, Economy, Eritrea, Politics and Security9 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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Ethiopia’s Challenge: Can it Rise after a Fall?

  By the Strathink Editorial Team The 6th century (B.C.) Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” During the past two years, Ethiopia’s EPRDF-led government has failed on a number of fronts, but the question remains: can they rise after a series […]

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