13 Jul 2021

Ethiopia: UN urges ‘swift’ withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray

The United Nations rights council called for an end for the conflict and violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The Geneva-based Human Rights Council signed off on a resolution earlier urging Eritrean troops to pull out of the area and end the conflict. The resolution demands an immediate halt to the

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12 May 2021

Eritrean troops disguised as Ethiopian military are blocking critical aid in Tigray

Eritrean troops are killing, raping and blocking humanitarian aid to populations in the northern Tigray region. This is occuring over a month after the country’s leader pledged to the international community they would leave the war-torn region. Some of the Eritrean soldiers were dressed in old Ethiopian military uniforms and

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26 Mar 2021

Abiy Ahmed: Eritrea ‘will withdraw’ troops from Ethiopia in Tigray conflict

Almost five months after a conflict started in the Tigray region, Ethiopia’s prime minister has said Eritrea will remove its troops from the border with Ethiopia. The soldiers at the border are supporting the Ethiopia government fighting a group that challenged the government’s rule. Eritrea has not confirmed the troop

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17 Nov 2020

Ethiopia says it has seized another Tigray town as conflict embroils Eritrea

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has provided an update on the ongoing conflict between Ethiopian rebels in the Tigray region and the government forces as the conflict recently spilled over to include Eritrea. Ahmed stated that they had captured another town within the Tigray region in an attempt to fight

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16 Nov 2020

Ethiopia’s Tigray leader confirms firing missiles at Eritrea

Rebel groups in the Tigray region fired missiles at Eritrea’s capital over the weekend, according to the group which has since taken responsibility for the attack. This represents a huge escalation in the conflict in northern Ethiopia between Tigray rebels and the federal government. The incident marks the first time

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07 Feb 2019

Freedom House World Report: Where did Freedom Decline and Advance in 2018?

In total, 68 countries lost points in their democracy score in 2018, according to the annual Freedom House report. These outnumbered the 50 countries that achieved net gains. In total, 86 (44%) out of a total 195 countries received a “Free” rating, while 59 (30%) were rated “Partly Free,” and

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26 Sep 2018

Arab Gulf states in the Horn of Africa: What role do they play?

The recent Ethiopia-Eritrea peace agreement was not signed in either country, but in Saudi Arabia. Although not included in the typical “Middle East and North Africa” (MENA) grouping, the horn of Africa is separated by the Arab Gulf only by the thin Red Sea, 220 miles across at its widest

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19 Sep 2018

Djibouti emerges as arms trafficking hub for Horn of Africa

“The rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea has repercussions that go beyond diplomacy on the Horn of Africa. A recent investigation shows that while Eritrea is no longer isolated, Djibouti is emerging as the new regional arms trafficking hub. The small strategically located state acts as a transit location for weapons trafficking

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04 Sep 2018

Russia’s Sergey Lavrov confirms plans for logistics base in Eritrea

“Russia is joining the list of nations intent on establishing their foothold in the Red Sea. In a meeting with Eritrean leaders on Friday (Aug. 31), foreign minister Sergey Lavrov announced plans to establish a ‘logistics center’ at a port in the East African nation. Moscow didn’t specify the location

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11 Jul 2018

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

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