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People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.
People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.

War in Ukraine Is Worsening East Africa’s Food Crisis

Rising wheat, fuel, and fertilizer costs amid a historic drought could lead to mass hunger and instability throughout the Horn of Africa.

David Satterfield speaks in Iraq.
David Satterfield speaks in Iraq.

U.S. Envoy for East Africa to Call It Quits

David Satterfield is expected to leave his post after just a few months on the job, leaving a big vacuum at a bad time.

Children, who fled the violence in Ethiopia's, Tigray region, wait in line for breakfast organized by volunteers in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, on June 23, 2021.
Children, who fled the violence in Ethiopia's, Tigray region, wait in line for breakfast organized by volunteers in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, on June 23, 2021.

The World Must Condemn Human Rights Abuses in Tigray as It Does in Ukraine

International solidarity with Kyiv in the face of Russian aggression is admirable. Tigrayans brutalized by Ethiopia and Eritrea deserve the same.

Demonstrators with Tigray flags and posters march on the National Mall in Washington, DC on November 4, 2021, marking the one-year anniversary of the Ethiopian government's decision to deploy troops into the country's northernmost Tigray region.
Demonstrators with Tigray flags and posters march on the National Mall in Washington, DC on November 4, 2021, marking the one-year anniversary of the Ethiopian government's decision to deploy troops into the country's northernmost Tigray region.

There Is a Path to Peace in Tigray

Ethiopia can end its civil war by upholding its constitution.

Members of 
an Amhara militia gather in the 
village of Adi Arkay, 
northeast of Gondar, Ethiopia, on July 14, 2021.
Members of an Amhara militia gather in the village of Adi Arkay, northeast of Gondar, Ethiopia, on July 14, 2021.

Don’t Blame Amharas for Ethiopia’s War

Peace efforts must address the group’s legitimate fears rather than casting them as the main obstacle to reconciliation.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed watches an inaugural parade.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed watches an inaugural parade.

How Abiy Ahmed Betrayed Oromia and Endangered Ethiopia

A former government official recounts how the prime minister’s failed reform agenda paved the way for war in Tigray.

A man covers himself with an Ethiopian flag during a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 7, 2021.
A man covers himself with an Ethiopian flag during a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 7, 2021.

Ethiopia’s National Dialogue Needs to Include Everyone

Excluding key Tigrayan and Oromo leaders will undermine the legitimacy of the process and make it harder to achieve peace.

A young South Sudanese soldier stands guard during a military parade at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.
A young South Sudanese soldier stands guard during a military parade at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.

The Lost Boys Weren’t Lost. They Were Stolen.

A new book details how South Sudan’s founders forcibly conscripted tens of thousands of children.

A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.
A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2022

Battle deaths may be down, but regional wars continue to rage as great-power confrontations loom, from Ukraine to Taiwan, amid declining U.S. influence.

People hold candles and Ethiopian flags during a memorial service for victims of the Tigray conflict in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 3.
People hold candles and Ethiopian flags during a memorial service for victims of the Tigray conflict in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 3.

What’s in Store for Africa in 2022

Ethiopia’s war and other conflicts in the Horn of Africa region will shape the coming year.

Soldiers from the Ethiopian National Defense Force ride on a truck in Wichale, Ethiopia, on Dec. 13.
Soldiers from the Ethiopian National Defense Force ride on a truck in Wichale, Ethiopia, on Dec. 13.

To End Ethiopia’s War, Biden Needs to Correct Course

A one-sided U.S. approach provided political cover to the TPLF insurgency. Washington now has an opportunity to create the conditions for peace.

Members of Ethiopia’s Republican March Band stand on guard.
Members of Ethiopia’s Republican March Band stand on guard.

How Ethiopia’s Conflict Deepened in 2021

After more than a year of fighting, is peace on the horizon—or does wider war loom?

A Somali mother and child walk through the Kobe refugee camp near the Ethiopian-Somali border on July 19, 2011.
A Somali mother and child walk through the Kobe refugee camp near the Ethiopian-Somali border on July 19, 2011.

Climate Threats Are Multiplying in the Horn of Africa

In a long overdue step, the U.N. Security Council may finally address climate security.

An Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) soldier sits by a pile of weapons confiscated from Ethiopian army soldiers at the Addis Ababa racetrack on May 29, 1991.
An Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) soldier sits by a pile of weapons confiscated from Ethiopian army soldiers at the Addis Ababa racetrack on May 29, 1991.

Ethiopia’s Breakup Doesn’t Have to Be Violent

A confederation of states must choose whether to follow the bloody path of the former Yugoslavia or the prosperous model of the European Union.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed salutes.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed salutes.

U.S. Envoy Warns Ethiopia Conflict Could Spiral Amid Military Escalation

The State Department repeats calls for U.S. citizens to leave the country as soon as possible.

A man makes a military salute during a memorial service for the victims of the Tigray conflict organized by the city administration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 3.
A man makes a military salute during a memorial service for the victims of the Tigray conflict organized by the city administration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 3.

Can African Leaders End Ethiopia’s War?

As civil war spreads, Kenya and the African Union are trying to broker a cease-fire.

TOPSHOT - People react as captive Ethiopian soldiers walk towards Mekele Rehabilitation Center in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, on July 2, 2021. - According to Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters, more than 7,000 captive Ethiopian soldiers have walked from Abdi Eshir, about 75 km southwest of Mekele, for four days. (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP) (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People react as captive Ethiopian soldiers walk towards Mekele Rehabilitation Center in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, on July 2, 2021. - According to Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters, more than 7,000 captive Ethiopian soldiers have walked from Abdi Eshir, about 75 km southwest of Mekele, for four days. (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP) (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)

How to Avert Catastrophe in Ethiopia

The United States must bring all of its power to bear to prevent state collapse.

Demonstrators take part in a rally in support of Ethiopia's national defense forces in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov.  7.
Demonstrators take part in a rally in support of Ethiopia's national defense forces in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 7.

A Blueprint for Peace in Ethiopia

Ending the civil war will require a resolution to a dispute over territories and a national dialogue on federalism.

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