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Risks Bubbling Beneath Djibouti’s Foreign Bases

Djibouti is a stable country in eastern Africa. But underneath the veneer of this stability and calm, there are three major issues that could spark turmoil.
Political and economic stability has underpinned the tiny African nation’s attractiveness to foreign militaries but several underlying issues could soon break the calm.

BY BERTIL LINTNER | ASIA TIMES

The Republic of Djibouti is on any measure one of the most stable countries in eastern Africa. There are no known Islamic radicals here and, unlike its immediate neighbor Somalia and Yemen across the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, it is not plagued by a vicious civil war. Continue reading Risks Bubbling Beneath Djibouti’s Foreign Bases

Djibouti: From Island of Stability to Agent of Chaos?

Djibouti’s regional monopoly and economic leverage are coming under threat from “peace” between Eritrea and its only client Ethiopia. Could Guelleh and his government have any other choice than playing the villain?

BY AARON BROOKS | EAST AFRICAN MONITOR

For the past decade, Djibouti has been a tiny haven in the Horn of Africa, mostly free from the tension simmering elsewhere in the region. This has produced an influx of investment that has turned Djibouti into one of Africa’s most important trade and military hubs. Continue reading Djibouti: From Island of Stability to Agent of Chaos?

Will Djibouti Become Latest Country to Fall Into China’s Debt Trap?

Tiny Djibouti houses a key U.S. military base, making it a particular concern for Washington: facing mounting debt and increasing dependence on extracting rents, would be pressured to hand over control of Camp Lemonnier to China. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

BY AMY CHENG | FOREIGN POLICY

Djibouti lies more than 2,500 miles from Sri Lanka but the East African country faces a predicament similar to what its peer across the sea confronted last year: It has borrowed more money from China than it can pay back. Continue reading Will Djibouti Become Latest Country to Fall Into China’s Debt Trap?

UAE to Give Ethiopia $3bn Aid Package

Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, throws a $3 billion lifeline to cash strapped Ethiopia in the form of aid ($1bn) and investment package ($2bn). But, what’s the catch?

BY AARON MAASHO / REUTERS

The United Arab Emirates pledged a total of $3 billion in aid and investments to Ethiopia on Friday, an Ethiopian official said, a major show of support for the new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed.

The UAE will deposit $1 billion in Ethiopia’s central bank to ease a severe foreign currency shortage, government spokesman Ahmed Shide told Reuters at a palace in Addis Ababa after Abiy met with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed. Continue reading UAE to Give Ethiopia $3bn Aid Package

Russian Navy Negotiating to Establish Logistics Facility in Sudan

Russia and Sudan are discussing the establishment of a naval supply center but not a military base on the Red Sea, said the Russian ambassador to Sudan, Vladimir Giltov. (© Sputnik / Vitaly Ankov)

BY SPUTNIK

Russia and Sudan are negotiating the possibility of installing a logistics center for Russian warships in the Red Sea on Sudanese territory, Russian ambassador to Khartoum Vladimir Zheltov told Sputnik. Continue reading Russian Navy Negotiating to Establish Logistics Facility in Sudan

Sudan’s Bashir is Playing a Dangerous Game

The attempt of the Sudanese president to engage with rival regional interests in a bid to stay in power might fail.

Worried about his two ICC arrest warrants, President Bashir has employed every trick to ensure the survival of his presidency. But his recent tactics of manipulating regional and international rivalries are actually damaging Sudan’s national interests as they are slowly turning the country into a battlefield between rival powers.

BY AHMED H ADAM | AL JAZEERA

Sudan’s political crisis is sliding into a dangerous phase. Its economy is on the verge of collapse. The price of food and other basic commodities is rising by the day, worsening living conditions for ordinary Sudanese and stirring growing discontent in the country. Continue reading Sudan’s Bashir is Playing a Dangerous Game