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Gulf-Horn geopolitics: the new frontier

The Horn Region is increasingly seen as an important strategic asset by regional and international powers. This has resulted in its becoming a key battle front in this balancing game for political influences played out by several regional actors including the ones in the Middle East; the most prominent amongst them have been Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Navigating the kinks of Ethiopia’s federalism

Last week, reports of a major unrest and an orchestrated attack on non-Somalis residing in the Ethio-Somali Regional State started to leak out on Saturday. In a matter of hours, non-Somali residents in Jigjiga were scrambling for cover from what was said to be an organized assault on their lives and property.

The new administration’s multifaceted problems

In the months leading to Abiy Ahmed’s (PhD) election as chairman of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) eventually becoming Prime Minister of Ethiopia, many countries, groups and even individuals, who were observing the matters closely, were expressing their concerns and fear that there might be a possibility of a Yugoslav-style fragmentation in Ethiopia.

A border not more than a thin line: Ethio-Eritrean relationship

A high-level Eritrean delegation led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh arrived in the Addis Ababa Tuesday. The delegation - which was received by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) on Tuesday - also included Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki's right-hand man Yemane Gebreab.

Extending the olive branch

Ever since Abiy Ahmed (PhD) emerged as the leader of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), eventually becoming the Prime Minister of Ethiopia a little over two months ago, Ethiopia is witnessing a series of unprecedented events.

Breaking the mold 

The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) released high-profile prisoners and detainees including Andargachew Tsige and other former government officials and individuals charged with grand corruption cases, this week. Though the release of the prisoners were viewed as a positive political development, one question which keeps coming up this week is on what the grounds these officials suspected and convicted of corruption charges are going free, writes Neamin Ashenafi and Brook Abdu.

Growth at crossroads

After nearly two decades, the biggest share of the overall output in Ethiopia is contributed by the services sector. With services contributing 41 percent of the GDP today and agriculture trailing as close second, manufacturing still languishes below five percent of the GDP. Nevertheless, the eagerly awaited “structural transformation” in Ethiopia has started to materialize; but not in the way it was planned.

Breaking the deadlock: Ethio-Eritrea relations

Leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have never come face to face since the bloody border war of 1998-2000 that claimed the lives of more than 70, 000 people. Abiy Ahmed (PhD), a soldier who has fought in the Ethio-Eritrean war, is now at the helm of the government of Ethiopia, calling for peace and negotiations with the nation he fought against.

Talk of Unity –act of rebalancing?

While the concept of unity was highly propagated during the military regime, the concept of diversity and recognition to ethnic identity was viewed in contempt. However, following the downfall of the military era and the introduction of federalist system of government in Ethiopia, this long-standing tradition was slowly overshadowed by regionalism and ethnic diversity.