Ethiopia’s Heavy Hand in Tigray Sends a Message

January 05, 2021

The crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has come to an end — at least on the surface. In November 2020, the Ethiopian National Defense Force quickly recaptured all urban areas in Tigray with the support of the Amhara Fano militia and the Eritrean military. Although the parties avoided major...

Israel’s Comeback in the Horn of Africa

November 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...

Does Iran Pose a Threat to the Horn of Africa?

September 23, 2020

Ever since 1979, Iran has pursued its interests in the Horn of Africa. To Tehran, this volatile and impoverished part of Africa has represented a region where it could gain strategic depth and undermine agendas of countries seeking to weaken and isolate the Islamic Republic.

Cautious Optimism for Peace in the Horn of Africa

August 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...