Qatar had been a generous donor to Eritrea. UAE and Saudi Arabia have been using the Eritrean port of Assab in their war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The recent upheavals appear to have fallen well for Ethiopia
While there is an increasing and diverse opposition to President Salva Kiir, these groups lack a shared agenda and common approach. There is no group that promises a unified future for South Sudan.
Syria isn’t the only place where use of chemical weapons has been reported – Sudan was suspected of using them in Darfur last year. Recent data shows explosive violence has been escalating in Somalia, but dropping in Nigeria
A plethora of armed groups operates in and around the Virunga National Park. The dominant storyline is that the park contributes to peace building. But the reality on the ground is much more complex
Djibouti at the confluence of three major geopolitical interests: shifting power plays in the Indian Ocean rim featuring Saudi Arabia, China and Iran, a US whose naval dominance is now challenged, and a rising Ethiopia