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Eritrea’s Peace and Ethiopia’s Navy?

Over the past year, since the Government of Ethiopia accepted and agreed to implement the  Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission decision,1 Eritrea and Ethiopia have engaged in broad-based relations. These relations have touched on cultural shows,2sports shows,3 as well as discussions addressing economic coordination.


  1. http://www.shabait.com/news/local-news/27076-agreement-on-peace-friendship-and-comprehensive-cooperation-between-the-federal-democratic-republic-of-ethiopia-and-the-state-of-eritrea- 

  2. http://www.shabait.com/news/local-news/28047-eritrean-national-cultural-troupe-concludes-tour-to-ethiopia- 

  3. http://shabait.com/news/local-news/28162-eritrea-wins-gold-medal-in-elite-team-trial- 

Horn of Africa Spoiler

Eritrea is often characterized in media and academic literature as a “spoiler”, particularly in the Horn of Africa region. It is in part, based on this characterization, that Eritrea has earned the title “the North Korea of Africa”. How accurate is this characterization? Is Eritrea truly the regional spoiler in the Horn of Africa?

What About Those Sanctions on Eritrea?

I think it is important that before any major decision, particularly one that can be charged with emotion, that one take pause, reflect, then come to a decision. It is in the this vein that I waited to discuss the actions that have been taken against Eritrea by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at the end of last year.1 The most common talking point taken from the resolution is that of the arms sanction on Eritrea (note paragraph 5) and it is on this point that we ought to focus.


  1. S/RES/1907 (2009)