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Institute for Security Studies (ISS) – An Outfit in Desperate Need of Reform

If ISS wants to remain a relevant voice in the UN reform process, it needs to clean its own house first.

ISS should not be allowed to use its consultative status to disseminate false and unsubstantiated allegations about Eritrea or any other member state as it will threaten its UN standing as well as integrity and reputation as a reliable think tank.

BY SARA TESFAY

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reports that as the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop, it is concerned about scams, negligent business practice, and misinformation. Continue reading Institute for Security Studies (ISS) – An Outfit in Desperate Need of Reform

Is Another Regional Alliance what the Horn of Africa Needs?

Let’s face it. IGAD more or less failed from becoming an effective, impartial and robust regional block. So how does the new tripartite alliance between Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia affect IGAD and the interstate relations in the region?

BY SELAM TADESSE DEMISSIE

The new regional cooperation between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia come amid a long history of distrust and unresolved boundary disputes between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Djibouti and Eritrea, and Kenya and Somalia. It also comes on the heels of internationally praised rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Continue reading Is Another Regional Alliance what the Horn of Africa Needs?

Kenya-Djibouti Row Delays Choice of New IGAD Leader

With the usual swap between Kenya and Ethiopia for the chairmanship role is no longer acceptable, differences, however, between Kenya and Djibouti have prevented the bloc from deciding the next country to chair IGAD.

BY AGGREY MUTAMBO | DAILY NATION

Kenya and Djibouti could both miss out on the chairmanship of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as the regional bloc seeks to resolve simmering differences between Horn of Africa countries. Continue reading Kenya-Djibouti Row Delays Choice of New IGAD Leader

IGAD Battles Internal Wrangles

Founding IGAD members Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti have been sidelined by Ethiopia and Kenya since the duo start manipulating it as if it is an extension of their foreign ministry. Business as usual no more as other member states start vying leadership position this time.

BY AGGREY MUTAMBO | DAILY NATION

Services at the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) could be crippled following a stalemate on who becomes chief executive officer and chairman of the bloc.

Normally a calm organisation focusing on Horn of Africa’s political scene, members seeking to lead IGAD for the first time since its formation in 1996 are agitated. Continue reading IGAD Battles Internal Wrangles

Ethiopia and Eritrea Seek to Boost South Sudan Peace Deal

Their visit comes amid increasing warnings that a deal signed last year to end South Sudan’s civil war is falling apart.

BY AFP

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea met South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Monday seeking to breathe new life into a flagging peace agreement signed six months ago between his government and rebels. Continue reading Ethiopia and Eritrea Seek to Boost South Sudan Peace Deal

South Sudan’s President, Rebel Leader Sign Peace Deal

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a much-anticipated peace deal at a regional summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace agreement on Wednesday in the margins of a regional summit in Ethiopia.

South Sudan plunged into warfare two years after gaining independence from Sudan in 2011 when a political dispute between Kiir and Machar exploded into military confrontation. Continue reading South Sudan’s President, Rebel Leader Sign Peace Deal

Can the Ethiopian – Eritrean Alliance Bring Peace To South Sudan?

Will an Ethiopian/Eritrean alliance really be able to bring the change so desperately needed in South Sudan?

BY THOMAS C MOUNTAIN

All roads to peace in the Horn of Africa seem to run through the Eritrean capital of Asmara these days, with the latest peace initiative allying Ethiopia and Eritrea looking like it will be bringing peace to South Sudan. Continue reading Can the Ethiopian – Eritrean Alliance Bring Peace To South Sudan?

UN Extends Sanctions on South Sudan by 45 Days

Patience running thin. The UNSC votes to consider an arms embargo and sanctions on six South Sudan government officials if fighting does not stop by June 30.

BY AYNE BIOR | VOA

A U.N. Security Council resolution to extend sanctions on South Sudan has been renewed for 45 more days after the U.S.-led effort passed at the U.N. Thursday.

The resolution passed with the required nine “yes” votes and six abstentions from the 15 member Security Council. Continue reading UN Extends Sanctions on South Sudan by 45 Days