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US Aiming for Warmer Ties with Eritrea: Envoy

“We would like to have the same type of positive relations with Eritrea as we do with Ethiopia” – Tibor Peter Nagy, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affair.

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The United States wants better ties with Eritrea following this month’s lifting of UN sanctions against the Horn of Africa nation, Washington’s top Africa diplomat said on Friday. Continue reading US Aiming for Warmer Ties with Eritrea: Envoy

Bruton: Ambassador Yamamoto’s Visit to Eritrea ‘Encouraging’

“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 [years] 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
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The first visit for “over a decade” by an American Deputy Secretary of State in Eritrea is “an encouraging sign that the US government intends to do its part to normalize relations” after years of isolation policy towards Asmara. Continue reading Bruton: Ambassador Yamamoto’s Visit to Eritrea ‘Encouraging’

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

Open Letter to Ms. Bronwyn Bruton

Saleh Younis and the rest of his disgruntled Awate Team are Eritrea’s modern day carpetbaggers and scalawags, who literally have no say in Eritrea’s economic and political life due to their ‘Unionist’ tendencies.

By Aghade W.,

Dear Ms. Bruton:

First, I congratulate you on organizing a successful conference titled: #RethinkingEritrea. Overall, your presentation was clear and concise, while Mr. Seth Kaplan and Mr. Anthony Carroll’s were very focused and informative. I only hope this is a beginning of many more endeavors to educate policymakers in Washington D.C. about Eritrea and the strategically important region of Horn of Africa.

I decided to write you this open letter after 1) reading several articles attacking you personally, and 2) seeing your Dec. 12, 2016 tweets in response to Mr. Salih Younis’s critique of your work. Continue reading Open Letter to Ms. Bronwyn Bruton

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

Eritrea – USA Relations Whence From?

Bizarre. The unprecedented hostility from U.S. State Department against the people of Eritrea, including the continued interference to the First Amendment rights of Eritrean Americans must be condemned and challenged.

By Berhane Alazar,

Although not exactly alarming anymore, the perpetuous actions the US have been actively taking against Eritrea and its people for some time now has been weird and perplexing to put it mildly. The latest silly action taken by certain US government officials against Eritrea over the weekend begs the question: “Why are some US policy makers acting and behaving like a headless chicken when it comes to Eritrea and the welfare of its citizens”? Continue reading Eritrea – USA Relations Whence From?