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US Foreign Policy in Eritrea: Kagnew, Badme to Sanctions and Ethiopia

United States' relations with Eritrea have been fraught from the outset and they have been both shaped and overshadowed by those with Ethiopia, and almost always to Eritrea’s disadvantage
United States’ relations with Eritrea have been fraught from the outset and they have been both shaped and overshadowed by those with Ethiopia and almost always to Eritrea’s disadvantage

By Sam B.,

For the Major Powers, Ethiophiles and the Ethiopian Regime itself, “today, even more than in Haile Selassie’s time, saving the Empire from disintegration has become the major  preoccupation”2, wrote the renowned scholar Dr. Amare Tekle.

A herculean task is afoot again to save the creaking patchwork of nationalities called Ethiopia from its self-made contradictions and potentially even eventual destruction. As ever, its relationship with Eritrea and Eritrea’s relationship with the major powers features prominently. The French adage: “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose” – “the more thing change, the more they stay the same” – rings truer with every attempt to salvage, at Eritrea’s expense, what is left of the once “proud” Empire. Continue reading US Foreign Policy in Eritrea: Kagnew, Badme to Sanctions and Ethiopia

The Fever Has Broken

We are committed to Eritreans and working with their government to promote rights and liberties, economic openings, and improved regional relations.” – U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Linda Thomas Greenfield (12 Dec 2013)

Time for the United States to remedy its breach of duty to Eritrea

By Bereket Kidane,

Many venerable United States diplomats and undersecretaries formerly responsible for America’s Africa policy are preaching improved relations between the US and Eritrea.  They no longer see the scapegoating of Eritrea as useful or beneficial.  They recognize that US policy in the Horn needs to change.

Their latest proposals are significant in that these diplomats generally don’t go out on a limb and start proposing changes on their own.  They usually have discussions with current policymakers and  take their temperature first before they start advocating a departure from current policy.  So in that sense, their proposals reflect the current thinking of the Africa desk.  Continue reading The Fever Has Broken

Ethiopia and Eritrea Reacts to Former US Diplomats Peace Proposal

Ethiopian and Eritrean government’s point of view on the peace plan proposed by three former U.S. diplomats

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following several open letters written by prominent members of the US foreign policy establishments calling for an improved relation between Eritrea and the United States and for Eritrea and Ethiopia to commence towards normalizing their relations, representatives of Eritrea and Ethiopia finally reacts to that.

VOA correspondent Tewelde Weldegebriel conducts an interview with Ayte Getachew Reda, adviser to the Ethiopian Prime Minister  and Ato Yemane Ghebreab, adviser to President Isaias Afwerki to hear the opinion of their respective governments on the said proposal. Continue reading Ethiopia and Eritrea Reacts to Former US Diplomats Peace Proposal

Veteran Former U.S. Envoys Urge Refocus on U.S., Eritrea, Ethiopia Relations

OEA commends former U.S. Ambassadors and Diplomats for taking the lead in trying to get U.S. foreign policy makers to refocus on the nexus of the crisis ravaging the Horn of Africa

By Organization of Eritrean – Americans (OEA),

We at the Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) applaud the former U.S. ambassadors and diplomats who are trying publicly to get American foreign policy makers to revisit and refocus on the festering issues at the root of the crises plaguing the troubled Horn of Africa.  Between them, they have many years of experience on the ground in Africa.

This breath of fresh air seeping into the current policy stalemate in U.S – Eritrea relations on the one hand and Ethiopia – Eritrea crisis on the other, started with an article by former Assistant Secretary of State Herman Cohen last month in which he called on U.S. foreign policy makers “to bring Eritrean in from the Cold” and urged the lifting of UN sanctions imposed on Eritrea four years ago. Continue reading Veteran Former U.S. Envoys Urge Refocus on U.S., Eritrea, Ethiopia Relations

Is Eritrea really out in the Cold?

‘Out in the cold?’ That’s what a country is dubbed if it happens to attract the ire of Washington. For Eritrea, it enjoys formal diplomatic ties with almost all UN Member States and has over 30 Embassies and Consulates all over the world while hosting a similar number in its capital.

By Kibreab Tesfay,

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Herman Cohen’s article (Time to Bring Eritrea in from the Cold; published by African Arguments on 16 December 2013) seems to have stirred much interest among old Africa hands even as there is scant evidence of serious introspection and policy review inside Foggy Bottom and other principal tentacles of the US foreign policy establishment.  Indeed, the arguments that Ambassador Herman Cohen has put forth for revamping US-Eritrea relations and scraping the unwarranted UN sanctions imposed against the latter largely at the instigation of Washington, have elicited various reactions from the region, and, follow-up articles and rejoinders by former US Ambassador to Ethiopia, David Shin, as well as Ambassador Princeton Lyman of the US Institute of Peace. Continue reading Is Eritrea really out in the Cold?

Why Bring Eritrea in from the Cold?

Why Bring Eritrea in from the Cold? Changing United States Unjust Policy towards Eritrea: The Art of Manipulation, and Calculated Deception, and Eritrean Political adroitness

Why the need to bring Eritrea in from the cold now? Are they following the ancient political dictum of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer although Eritrea has never been an enemy?

By Mebrahtu Asfaha,

Recently, the United States and the European Union have taken a conciliatory tone towards Eritrea by encouraging clearly manifested language of peace and inclusion. Thus, articles with headings “Time to Bring Eritrea in from the Cold” by Hank Cohen, “Time to Bring Eritrea in from the Cold (But It’s Harder than It Sounds)” by David Shinn, and “Bring Eritrea in From the Cold’ Have Proved Difficult, but We Should Still Try” by Princeton Lyman, have appeared one after another.

The three articles, at close observation, seem almost tailor made from one brain storming session. To a trained ear, they all sound singing the same music, from the same note in a big cacophony of the same orchestra, conducted, of course, by the same grand maestro.  Continue reading Why Bring Eritrea in from the Cold?