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Ethiopia and U.S. Strategic Interest in Somalia on a Collision Course

Ethiopia’s strategic interest in Somalia is on a collision course with that of the U.S.
Despite being the U.S. ally in the region, Ethiopia’s strategic interest in Somalia is on a collision course with that of the U.S. as Ethiopia wants a divided Somalia along clan and sub-clan lines, while the U.S. wants one united Somalia.

By Abukar Arman | for Foreign Policy Association,

Since Somalia’s independence in 1960, its relationship with the U.S. has been—for lack of a better metaphor—on a roller coaster that travels up and down dangerous steeps and performs sudden inversions that turn everything upside down. In other words, due to lack of formal and sustainable policy toward Somalia, the U.S. has contributed to creating the thrill-seekers’ paradise by setting aside diplomacy and soft engagement to chase terrorists. For the past decade or so, counterterrorism has been the name of the game, as both Somalia and the U.S. struggle to reshuffle their allies and redefine their strategic interests. Continue reading Ethiopia and U.S. Strategic Interest in Somalia on a Collision Course

Eritrea and Ethiopia: A Response to Herman Cohen

Cohen’s suggestion that Eritrea’s engagement with Arab countries in the region is a step toward “Sharia Law in the Horn of Africa” respectfully borders on the ludicrous.

By Dr. Samuel Mahaffy,

Herman Cohen’s post on Eritrea – Ethiopia (“The Red Sea Is Slipping into Total Arab Control” December 28, 2015 ) deserves a thoughtful response. In the face of deliberate mis-information campaigns against Eritrea, Cohen has had the courage to invite the world to consider positive engagement with Eritrea. His premise, that the ending of sanctions against Eritrea serve the cause of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, is accurate. There is merit in his highlighting the importance of normalizing relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

At the same time, Cohen’s broad-stroked commentary with ideas for peace between the two countries contain significant deficiencies that cry for response. Cohen’s is an important voice that must be respected. It deserves more than the sometimes caustic response it has received. The dialogue about Eritrea must be deepened in the interests of peace and justice.  Continue reading Eritrea and Ethiopia: A Response to Herman Cohen

“The Mind of the African Strongman”

We will do well, if Cohen’s voice contributes to shaping US foreign policy toward Africa in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

By Dr. Samuel Mahaffy,

How do we cope with the human rights atrocities committed by our best friends?” “Such is the dilemma of US policy in Africa” (p. 51). Herman Cohen brings forward a refreshingly honest account of US foreign policy in Africa. This is a surprisingly candid account of Cohen’s encounter with ‘post-colonial’ African leaders over his 38 years in the US Foreign Service. Continue reading “The Mind of the African Strongman”

Obama’s Failed State Policy in Africa

There is a great morale irony in the Obama Administration’s foreign policy in Africa. His choice of double standards by crossing over the strength of American ideals to the weakens of political expediency results in a major Africa policy blunder and disaster.

By Thomas C Mountain,

THE Obama administration must be held responsible for a series of failed or nearly failed states on the African continent. Recently Burundi has been in the news but it could just as easily be Nigeria, Mali or the Central African Republic. Whether the calamities that have befallen these neocolonialist constructions have been intentional or not, the ruination and depredations inflicted on large swaths of Africa amount to what can only be described as a failed state policy.  Continue reading Obama’s Failed State Policy in Africa

Eritrea’s Horn of Africa Security Policy to be Discussed in Europe

Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue will host a lecture by Yemane Gebreab and Christian Manahl, Head of the European Union delegation in Eritrea, on Eritrea’s Political situation and its policy in the Horn of Africa

By TesfaNews,

A LEADING European think-tank and a center for political events is planning to organize two very important events on Eritrea’s Horn of Africa Policy next month.

The Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue invited Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Presidential Adviser and Head of Political Affairs for Eritrea’s leading political party, PFDJ, for a presentation on “Eritrea’s Political situation and its policy in the Horn of Africa” on April 8th.

The center acknowledges Eritrea’s political policy to be precarious as it is situated at the very heart of the most volatile region of the Horn of Africa.  Continue reading Eritrea’s Horn of Africa Security Policy to be Discussed in Europe

Turkey-Africa: Solidarity and Partnership

(Exclusive). Celebrating the 91th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey and the 1st anniversary of the opening of the Turkish Embassy in Asmara

By H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey),

On August 19, 2011, under the shining sun of Africa, the plane carrying Prime Minister Erdoğan, his family and a large delegation composed of the different segments of Turkish State and society landed in Mogadishu. This was one of the first international flights destined for Somalia after a very long interval.

This flight turned the course of events in Somalia which had been in turmoil for so long with chronic instability and prolonged social strife creating, in turn, serious humanitarian crisis, coinciding with severe drought and famine.  Continue reading Turkey-Africa: Solidarity and Partnership