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What Eritrea Wants

By International Crisis Group

The international community has long viewed Eritrea as a pariah state, yet the country’s influence is rising again in the turbulent Horn of Africa region. For more than a decade, Ethiopia and the West pushed the country’s regime under President Isaias Afwerki into survival mode. But with the political transition in Ethiopia, and Eritrea’s alliances with Gulf powers across the Red Sea, Asmara is once again looking to shape the region in its favour.

Harry Verhoeven, a scholar on international politics in Africa, joins Alan Boswell to unpack Eritrea’s rising influence in the region and what it means for regional order and stability. They discuss President Isaias Afwerki’s survival techniques and his ties with the Gulf states. Harry also describes the complex alliance between Asmara and Addis Ababa amid the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and whether President Afwerki could be willing to withdraw Eritrean troops from Ethiopia for tactical purposes. They also look at escalating tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia and where the shifting power relations in the Horn of Africa are headed.

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Yemane | 4/6/2021 9:14:00 PM
I'm surprised there were no mention of the internal totalitarian policies of the Isaias regime and its long term instability in view of Isaias' age and lack of sound economic foundation.
Mulu | 4/7/2021 7:12:00 AM
Isaias and the current Eritrean government see a sustainable development take place only when it is supported and lead by organically developed capability that is fine tuned to suit the local and regional needs. Not scholarly defined policies and plans that may work in the most ideal circumstances but are detrimental in other cases. If they can survive under such harsh conditions with everyone working against them, can you imagine what they would have accomplished if they were left alone.