Israel’s Comeback in the Horn of Africa

Nov 17, 2020

In 2016, Benjamin Netanyahu was the first Israeli prime minister to visit Africa in 30 years. The visit was consistent with his announced intent to rebuild Israel's ties with the continent, especially East Africa, where his tour took him through Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Narrowing down...

Is Ethiopia on the Brink of Civil War?

Nov 12, 2020

Two years ago, scenes of jubilation broke out across northern Ethiopia. The border between Ethiopia and its former adversary Eritrea was open again after 18 years. Siblings were reunited, grandparents saw grandchildren for the first time, phone links were suddenly restored. A new era appeared to...

Cautious Optimism for Peace in the Horn of Africa

Aug 06, 2018

With Ethiopia and Eritrea pushing for peace, will Djibouti declare diplomatic war? These are heady times in the Horn of Africa. A monumental rapprochement orchestrated over the past month by Ethiopia’s new, reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has effectively ended the decades-long cold war...

Africa This Month: A Tale of Two Harvests

May 31, 2017

Eastern African famine is cause for concern as southern Africa’s bountiful harvests offer hope — as does the containing of an Ebola outbreak in a remote part of the continent. Much of Africa’s modern story has been told through the lens of fragility, famine and conflict. These three...

Development and Human Rights at Odds in Ethiopia

Dec 23, 2015

In Ethiopia, authoritarian “development” overlooks human rights and responds to dissent with violence. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopians should be feeling excited. The city has proudly and successfully debuted the first metropolitan rail line in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, the nearly 800...