Tag Archives: US Eritrea Policy

Opinion: Shift in U.S. Policy on Eritrea Unclear

“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 past 18 months 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, Deputy Director of Africa Center at the Atlantic Council.

By The Cipher Brief,

International sanctions and poor relations with neighbors have left Eritrea largely isolated in East Africa. Relations between the U.S. and Eritrea are tense, partially due to alleged human rights abuses by the Eritrean government. Indeed, a number of Eritreans flee the country – many cite the country’s mandatory and essentially indefinite military service as the reason.

As the Trump administration settles into office, The Cipher Brief asks Felix Horne, a senior researcher for the Horn of Africa at Human Rights Watch, whether U.S.- Eritrea relations could thaw in the coming years. Continue reading Opinion: Shift in U.S. Policy on Eritrea Unclear

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

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