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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 is Ethiopia’s UN Ambassador Scared of?

Ambassador Tekeda Alemu’s comments, arguing that former Ambassador Herman J. Cohen’s piece  is mistaken, aims to diminish the possibility of normalization. Although normalization of relations is in the long-term benefit of both Eritrea and Ethiopia, the short term gain to Ethiopia drives current policy. Amb. Tekeda, in arguing that Eritrea is the intrasigent actor, makes assertions meant to diminsh the credibility of former Amb. Cohen’s piece.

The Wikileaks From Asmara Have Begun!

The Wikileaks cables seem to now indicate that the United States pressed its vassal, Ethiopia into the latter’s invasion of Somalia in 2006. This vindicates Eritrea and its position that the collapse of the Union of Islamic Courts that had stabilized Somalia, and brought some semblance of power-sharing between moderates and other Islamists to Somalia was encouraged by external actors.