The failure of mediation over Tigray whets the appetites of Moscow and Beijing
The low-key visit to the Horn of Africa in early February by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was followed by the appointment of a special Chinese envoy for the region. Their interest coincides with the loss of momentum in the ongoing talks between Kenya and the African Union.
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Having established links with Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi, Hargeisa lobbies Washington for recognition
Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi is putting the finishing touches to a trip that will take him to Washington in mid-March. There he hopes to rally his supporters in Congress to plead with the Biden administration for the recognition of the country.
Former diplomatic superstar Haile Menkerios sets up consultancy in Mauritius
The former Under-Secretary General and Permanent Representative of the United Nations (UN) to the African Union (AU), Haile Menkerios of Eritrea, was appointed director of the Mauritian company PDI Horizon Agency in early December.
Eritrean mining projects return to Toronto Stock Exchange
Alpha Exploration, which is probing Eritrea's subsoil, has formally begun the procedure for a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange, which Nevsun Resources left in 2018 in the midst of a trial related to accusations of forced labour at its Eritrean mine.
Isaias's omnipresence in the Horn prompts concerns over his succession
The ailing Eritrean president, who in recent months has become a key player in the Tigrayan conflict and in other diplomatic and military issues in the region, has made no official plans for the day he leaves office, despite his illness.
Emirates quits its Assab military base
The Emirati armed forces stationed at the Assab base in Eritrea since 2015 have discreetly been packing their bags in recent days. Their departure, which is connected Abu Dhabi's decision to withdraw from the conflict in Yemen, could have repercussions as far afield as Tigray.
The triggers of Tigray's crisis
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has for weeks been working on reconciliation with Eritrea in an effort to break the Cairo-Asmara-Abu Dhabi axis. It was fear of having to pay the price for this rapprochement that leaders of the Tigray People's Liberation Front - who have repeatedly clashed with Eritrea - rebelled against the Ethiopian federal army last week.