Ethiopia and Eritrea’s declare end of war
A formal declaration by the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have officially ended their border war 18 years after the fighting stopped. While a peace deal ended the fighting in 2000, the countries have not had diplomatic or trade ties. The war was a consistent legitimizing factor for many of the harsh policies that led tens of thousands of Eritreans to seek asylum elsewhere in Africa and around the world. While overall conflict numbers and levels are on the rise, this agreement and the future development of diplomatic and trade ties may provide one example of conflict resolution and peace building in 2018.