Tag Archive | Horn of Africa

Base race in the Horn of Africa

BY David Brewster Saudi Arabia has recently finalised a deal to establish a naval base in Djibouti. Its UAE ally has just built major naval and air facilities at Assab in nearby Eritrea. The UAE also runs a military training centre in Mogadishu in Somalia, and is rumoured to be seeking access to port and air facilities at Berbera […]

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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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Putting “America” Back On the Voice of America

  In April 2013, then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton testified in front of a House Foreign Affairs Committee about Voice of America’s (VOA) Broadcasting Board of Governors, saying “Broadcasting Board of Governors is practically defunct in terms of its capacity to be able to tell its message around the world.” The Voice of America […]

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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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Africa’s $700 Billion Problem Waiting to Happen

The Horn of Africa region is central to the world’s maritime trade. It’s also beginning to fall apart. BY ALEX DE WAAL Back in 2002, Meles Zenawi, then prime minister of Ethiopia, drafted a foreign policy and national security white paper for his country. Before finalizing it, he confided to me a “nightmare scenario” — […]

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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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The EU needs to change course in dealing with Eritrea

Just prior to the Valetta Summit on migration, the EU’s obsession with “normalizing” relations with the regime in Asmara has reached frenetic levels. The recent influx of migrants to Europe has many European nations running around for quick fixes,  particularly in light of the growing resurgence of far right movements and xenophobia taking hold throughout […]

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