Why Eritrea Won’t Leave Ethiopia
Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki has long coveted access to Ethiopia’s economy. His alliance with Abiy Ahmed will let him achieve his goals at the expense of Ethiopian sovereignty.
Only Washington Can Save the Renaissance Dam Negotiations Now
Since Ethiopia has hampered negotiations, Egypt needs the United States to preserve its access to the Nile.
Ethiopia’s Tigray War Is Fueling Amhara Expansionism
Abiy Ahmed depends on the support of ethnic Amhara leaders and militias whose goal is to reconquer what they consider lost territories—from Tigray to Sudan.
In Tigray, Sexual Violence Has Become a Weapon of War
The world must step in now and call the assaults what they are: a war crime.
U.S. Africa Envoy: Ethiopia Crisis Could Make Syria Look Like ‘Child’s Play’
Jeffrey Feltman, the new American envoy to the Horn of Africa, faces a cascade of overlapping challenges in the region.
How Far Will the Ethiopian-Eritrean Alliance Go?
Former foes have found a common enemy in the TPLF. Will it lead beyond battlefield cooperation?
Ethiopia Needs a Constitutional Convention
Establishing an inclusive reform process could end the country’s stalemate between unitarists and ethnonationalists.
What Ethiopia Can Learn From Japan
Abiy Ahmed must return to his concept of “medemer” and reject the notion of politics as a zero-sum game.
Biden Eyes Former Top U.N. Official for Horn of Africa Envoy
Washington wants a seasoned point person for the brewing crises in East Africa.
Biden Dispatches Senate Ally to Ethiopia to Address Crisis
Chris Coons to deliver a tough message to Abiy Ahmed.
UNDP Memo Echoes Ethiopian Talking Points on Tigray
Agency memo sidesteps questions around government’s role in Tigray.
The U.N. Must End the Horrors of Ethiopia’s Tigray War
Recent human rights investigations confirm the atrocities that journalists reported in November. A strong multilateral push can force an Eritrean withdrawal and put the region on the path to peace.
From Pariah to Kingmaker
Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki is fueling bloodshed in Tigray—and offering other regional leaders lessons in authoritarianism.
Biden Mulls Special Envoy for Horn of Africa
The post, if created, would bring more diplomatic firepower to the brewing crisis in Ethiopia as members of Biden’s cabinet and other senior State Department nominees await confirmation.
How to Stop Ethnic Nationalism From Tearing Ethiopia Apart
The 1994 Ethiopian Constitution celebrated self-determination, but it laid the groundwork for today’s violence. Devolution could offer a way out.
All Is Not Quiet on Ethiopia’s Western Front
How Addis Ababa deals with ethnic violence in the region of Benishangul-Gumuz will determine the country’s future.
Is Ethiopia the Next Yugoslavia?
A country that once seemed to hold great promise for peaceful democratization has descended into conflict. Here’s what could happen next.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2021
The world in 2021 will be haunted by the legacies of 2020: an ongoing pandemic, an economic crisis, Donald Trump’s divisive presidency—and new threats emanating from wars and climate change.
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