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Finally, Peace in the Horn of Africa?

“Since the Tigrayan elite, an ethnic minority in Ethiopia who have refused to make peace has lost power, sanity has simply prevailed … Now that they have been thrown out of power, the entire Horn of Africa region stands to benefit” – Bronwyn Bruton, Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.

BY ASHISH KUMAR SEN | ATLANTIC COUNCIL

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea on July 9 signed a declaration ending the state of war between the two countries.

The summit between Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on July 9 marked the first time that the neighbors’ heads of state have met in nearly two decades.  Continue reading Finally, Peace in the Horn of Africa?

Bruton: Ambassador Yamamoto’s Visit to Eritrea ‘Encouraging’

“President Isaias and his advisors will not swivel back towards Washington unless they have good reason to do so. But my own dialogue with Asmara over the [years] leads me to believe that President Isaias would very much like to put his relations with Washington on a more constructive footing. Given the high stakes in the Horn of Africa and very low level of effort that would be required to set the stage for a much better relationship in the future, it is surely in Washington’s interest to try.” – Bronwyn Bruton
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The first visit for “over a decade” by an American Deputy Secretary of State in Eritrea is “an encouraging sign that the US government intends to do its part to normalize relations” after years of isolation policy towards Asmara. Continue reading Bruton: Ambassador Yamamoto’s Visit to Eritrea ‘Encouraging’

Open Letter to Ms. Bronwyn Bruton

Saleh Younis and the rest of his disgruntled Awate Team are Eritrea’s modern day carpetbaggers and scalawags, who literally have no say in Eritrea’s economic and political life due to their ‘Unionist’ tendencies.

By Aghade W.,

Dear Ms. Bruton:

First, I congratulate you on organizing a successful conference titled: #RethinkingEritrea. Overall, your presentation was clear and concise, while Mr. Seth Kaplan and Mr. Anthony Carroll’s were very focused and informative. I only hope this is a beginning of many more endeavors to educate policymakers in Washington D.C. about Eritrea and the strategically important region of Horn of Africa.

I decided to write you this open letter after 1) reading several articles attacking you personally, and 2) seeing your Dec. 12, 2016 tweets in response to Mr. Salih Younis’s critique of your work. Continue reading Open Letter to Ms. Bronwyn Bruton

Expert Argue Improving Relation with Eritrea in United States’ Strategic Interest

Given the high stakes in the Horn of Africa, and very low level of effort that would be required to set the stage for a much better relationship in the future, it is surely in Washington’s interest to try.

“Washington has a strategic interest in repairing relations with Asmara, and the upcoming change in administration offers a convenient opportunity for a reset in relations.” – Bronwyn Bruton

By Dimetros Birku,

For over seven years, Eritrea was treated more like a pariah state.The UN imposed sanctions and certainly United States was a big factor for the policy outcome that severely affected Eritrea. Yet, much of the US allegations on Eritrea including support to radical Islamic groups were not significantly substantiated with evidence. Continue reading Expert Argue Improving Relation with Eritrea in United States’ Strategic Interest

Does Ms. Bronwyn Bruton Need 25 Years Stay in Asmara to Be Qualified Expert in Eritrean Affairs?

For the infamous Awate.com team, the answer could be even more years.

Losers sulk, Posers talk, Winners walk.

By Teweldeberhan Gebre,

In a reaction to a seminar organized and moderated by Ms. Bronwyn Bruton, a scholar, an author and Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council for African Center, the awate.com Team has posted an article titled “Undercover Lobbyist Rethinking Eritrea” on 8 December 2016.

The article by the team completely lacks ethics and professionalism, and above all disrespectful not only to Ms. Bruton but to its followers too. The team expressed its anger openly but unethically for not being invited to the seminar hosted by the African Center of the Atlantic Council. Continue reading Does Ms. Bronwyn Bruton Need 25 Years Stay in Asmara to Be Qualified Expert in Eritrean Affairs?

Congressional Fact Finding Mission to Eritrea, Key to Resolve Disinformation

“In order to improve relations, a strong signal needs to be sent to Asmara from Washington. […] President Isaias would very much like to put his relations with Washington on a more constructive footing. […] It is, therefore, up to the United States to take the first step.” – Bronwyn Bruton
By Abel Kebedom,

I am writing this short article not because I am a supporter of the Eritrean government but as an American citizen and proud tax payer, out of my firm belief that US government officials are required to give congressmen and women of the United States unbiased and unfettered information so that the latter can draft policies that could address the underlining problem correctly.

Hence, I am baffled by the ignorance and purposeful deception of the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, during the witness testimony they gave to the United States Congress’ Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing conducted on 14 September 2016. Continue reading Congressional Fact Finding Mission to Eritrea, Key to Resolve Disinformation

House Subcommittee Hearing: Human Rights or Change in Policy Course?

Which one is which? When two ‘Eritrean’ panelists tried to give the hearing a human right flavor, another panelist, arguably the most informed of all the witnesses present, said she came “to contribute to the Subcommittee’s timely review of US policy towards Eritrea”.

By Teweldeberhan Gebre,

The US House Subcommittee on Africa has conducted a hearing on Eritrea’s human rights condition on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, under the title of “Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat”. The hearing was chaired by Rep. Chris Smith who himself is the chairperson of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

The title of the hearing apparently seems injudicious and deceitful prompting one to ask a legitimate question: Do they (the US House Subcommittee) think it means what we (the Eritreans) think it means? Eritreans were hasty to respond even before the hearing of the sub-committee was conducted calling it ‘ill-advised’ and an insult to the Eritrean people. Continue reading House Subcommittee Hearing: Human Rights or Change in Policy Course?

Testimony of Bronwyn Bruton at U.S. House Subcommittee Hearing on Eritrea

Bronwyn Bruton, Deputy Director of Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, Hearing Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Wednesday, September 14, 2016. “Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat”

By Bronwyn Bruton | Deputy Director, Africa Center at the Atlantic Council,

I am grateful to Congressman Smith, the chair, and Congresswoman Bass, the ranking member, for allowing me to contribute to the Subcommittees’ timely review of U.S. policy towards Eritrea. My remarks will describe the current state of affairs inside Eritrea as they relate to US interests in the Horn of Africa. And I will offer some practical suggestions on how the United States might put its relations with Eritrea on a more constructive footing.

I had a long meeting with Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki in February 2015, and we discussed Eritrea’s relations with the United States at some length. Over the past 18 months I have continued to engage regularly with the Eritrean government, traveling periodically to Asmara, and communicating regularly with American and European diplomats, human rights researchers, United Nations’ officials, and of course the Eritrean diaspora. Continue reading Testimony of Bronwyn Bruton at U.S. House Subcommittee Hearing on Eritrea