Tag Archive | Djibouti

Interview with Ambassaodr David Shinn on the Horn

  From Joomla Who is David Shinn and what is his relationship with the Horn of Africa? A:  David Shinn, who has a BA, MA, and PhD from George Washington University, served from1964 through 2000 as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State.  Nearly all of his assignments dealt with Africa either […]

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The Zombie Nation in the Lion’s Den

Center for Policy Analysis and Research By Abdiwahid Abdullahi* April 12, 2016 Since the awakening of the Somali nationalism in 1945 after the defeat of Dervish warriors in the Godan plains of Nugal, the Somalis were dreaming to settle an old grievance that divided the Somali inhabited territories. The arrival of the Europeans had not […]

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Tiny Djibouti thinks big with a complex web of infrastructure spending tied to Ethiopia – and Chinese credit

From: Berhane Habtemariam AFP It’s not a model democracy, though, with strongman Guelleh, in power since 1999, seeking a fourth term in a vote slammed by the opposition as a sham Trucks load cargo at Djibouti port. (Photo/AFP). THE tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, which votes Friday in presidential elections, is hitching its […]

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Djibouti Is Hot

How a forgotten sandlot of a country became a hub of international power games. By Monte Reel | March 23, 2016 Photographs by Guillaume Bonn/INSTITUTE Bloomberg News The bartender measures a shot of Johnnie Walker Red Label in a steel jigger and dumps it over ice. A waitress sets the glass on a tray and […]

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China Setting up Shop Next to Key U.S. Drone Base in Africa

Foreign Policy BY PAUL MCLEARY Not content to build new military airstrips on a string of artificial islands in the South China Sea, Beijing is branching out even further, having just secured basing rights next door to Washington’s most important drone base in Africa. The eastern African nation of Djibouti has long been a critical component […]

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Somalia: Why is Al-Shabaab Still A Potent Threat?

International Crisis Group By Abdul Khalif & Cedric Barnes | @CedricHoA This year, the armed Islamist extremist group Al-Shabaab has notched up a series of bloody successes against both Somali targets and the African Union peace-enforcement mission AMISOM. Meanwhile, the international community has been busy cajoling principals of the Somali federal and state governments into […]

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With China’s Naval Base, Djibouti Could Become ‘Africa’s Singapore’

From International Business Times BY  MORGAN WINSOR  @MORGANWINSOR   General view of a tourist village in Obock, Djibouti on Feb. 10, 2008. PHOTO: JOSE CENDON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES  Skiffs sit on April 12, 2015, on a beach in Obock, a small port town in northern Djibouti where China is expected to soon begin building its first oversea military outpost. PHOTO: TONY […]

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Horn of Africa States Follow Gulf into the Yemen War

From The International Crisis Group Magnus Taylor, The Africa Report | 25 Jan 2016 In the Horn, where cash-strapped regimes often teeter on the brink of financial survival and alliances are made and broken with bewildering regularity, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has found willing partners as Saudi-Iranian tensions escalate. In the commercial melting pot […]

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America’s secret war on ISIL: The African military operation you’ll never hear about

The U.S. Air Force recently “neutralized” 69 enemy combatants — and has taken meticulous steps to cover its tracks This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. On October 7th, at an “undisclosed location” somewhere in “Southwest Asia,” men wearing different types of camouflage and dun-colored boots gathered before a black backdrop adorned with Arabic script.  They were […]

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Ethiopia accuses Eritrea over Yemen crisis

  By Yemane Negash, Reporter Recent reports show that Eritrea is officially involved in the Yemeni crisis allowing the Saudi-led Arab coalition to use its Assab port, airspace and territorial waters in fighting the Houthi rebels. A high official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, who wants to remain anonymous, told The Reporter that […]

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