Who Can Resolve Ethiopia’s Catastrophic Conflict?

November 18, 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Kenya on a mission that is critical to the future of the Horn of Africa. As the press release published at the start of the visit puts it, “the United States and Kenya are working together to address regional priorities, particularly ending the crisis...

Italy’s History in Africa is a Messy Affair

September 16, 2016

In the first of a three-part series, Fasil Amdetsion looks at the evolution of Italy's relationship with its former colonies in the Horn of Africa. Earlier this year, Italy hosted the first ever Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference in Rome. Held at the cavernous travertine-laden Farnesina...

Development and Human Rights at Odds in Ethiopia

December 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...

Your Guide to Africa’s Elections

February 18, 2015

The world will be watching Africa as countries around the continent head to the ballot box throughout 2015. The number of electoral democracies mushroomed in Africa over the past two decades — a far cry from the days when incumbents would postpone elections for as long as it pleased them. But...

Somalia’s War: The Al-Shabab Threat

August 13, 2014

Al-Shabab is no longer dominated by young nationalists, and its objectives have become blurred. Background Al-Shabab, a Somali militia, originated as a radical Islamist movement seeking to create a “Greater Somalia.” In 2006, it became a militant wing of Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union...

Ethiopia in Somalia: What Next for Al-Shabab?

July 18, 2014

The high-water mark for al-Shabab’s popularity in Somalia has passed, amid the presence of Ethiopian forces.   After the September 2013 siege at Westgate Shopping Complex in Nairobi — a brazen operation that saw four terrorists kill at least 67 civilians — international attention...

Al-Shabab and the Kenya Attack: Influencing Politics?

September 27, 2013

What are the origins of Somalia's al-Shabab? Radical Islamists killed at least 67 people in Kenya, while dozens are still missing. Annette Weber talks about the history, structure and ideology of the al-Shabab militia, which is responsible for the terrorist attack in a shopping mall in...

Connecting Power Grids Across Africa

August 22, 2013

Coordinating international efforts will bring faster results when dealing with energy issues in Africa. On his recent trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama announced his Power Africa initiative to spend $7 billion over five years to fund an electricity program in sub-Saharan Africa that...

Life in the Kakuma Refugee Camp

June 22, 2013

Kenya's Kakuma camp has warehoused tens of thousands of refugees for decades. Each year, on June 20, the United Nations marks World Refugee Day; a time to recognize the contributions of refugees to their communities around the world.  Refugees are people who are forced to flee their home...

Abuse of the Feminine: Honoring Women

June 08, 2013

In the 19th century, the moral challenge was slavery. In the 20th century, it was totalitarianism. In the 21st century, let’s make it gender equality. As part of Fair Observer's 360° series, The Middle East: Fighting for Women's Rights, Sara El-Yafi reflects on the plight of women...

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