Overlooking the Red Sea: After prevaricating for some time, Eritrea, which until then had good relations with Qatar, fell into line with the Saudis and broke ties with Qatar. (Photo/ Flickr/ Andrea Moroni)

Uncertainty Across The Red Sea: Qatar’s Conflict With Its Neighbours Sets The Horn Of Africa On Edge

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


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US Marines conducting a mass casualty exercise at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti City, Djibouti. (Photo/ Flickr/ Staff Sgt. Samuel Roger)

Rivalry In Horn Of Africa: As Superpower Armies Set Up Shop In Tiny Djibouti, Saudi Arabia Too Comes Knocking

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