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Third, a peace deal would open a new dynamic in the dysfunctional and tension-ridden Horn of Africa. It is true that Eritrea has supported bad actors in its neighborhood. If Eritrea had peace with Ethiopia, it would feel more secure and Eritrea would be less prone to causing trouble in the region and more likely to reduce tensions. Fourth, if the United States and Eritrea had a new relationship, Eritrea could be our Plan B African military base, as Djibouti is getting a little too friendly with China.
Eritreans disagreed with this solution, fought a year war against Ethiopia and won independence in During its struggle, Eritrea had no reliable friends. The current Eritrean leadership is made up of the former military leaders who led the country to its independence.
Eritrea has had tense relations with the West. In the early s, the Clinton administration provided financial aid and military assistance to the country.
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Less than a decade later, the United States ended those relations and suspended the sale of weapons to Eritrea when war broke out in The Bush administration had serious concerns in the mids that Eritrea was providing sanctuary to al-Shabab terrorists, which led to the imposition of an arms embargo in The Obama administration signed an executive order in with a series of financial sanctions against Eritrea for its failure to address human trafficking. I asked senior leaders in Eritrea if they see al-Shabab as a terrorist group, and all of them agreed that it is.
It is important to note that Eritrea has been deemed al-Shabab-free for more than six years, according to outside monitors known as the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group. Given that this is the case, this would be a moment to revisit the sanctions on Eritrea and consider removing them. Even if Eritrea has rid itself of its ties to the worst terrorist groups, it remains true that Eritrea has a persistently bad record as a human rights violator.
Although the fighting was sporadic, the hostility remained strong and it was not until the EPLF victory at Afabet in and its donation of a large number of tanks to the TPLF that reconciliation became solid. None of this has since been forgotten, and we must remember that it is the actors in these quarrels, Meles Zenawi and Issayas Afeworki, who are now the leaders of their respective countries. In post-communist Ethiopia, the regime has of course given considerable importance to its home province of Tigray.
Given the relentless hostility of the Oromo and the Amhara to his rule, he cannot survive without his Tigray support. And his Tigray supporters still definitely hold a major grudge towards their Eritrean cousins whom they accuse of being overbearing and of using their position to exploit Ethiopia economically. The result is that "tradition, prestige and pride" have been and remain at the heart of the confrontation. This makes the conflict very difficult to solve.
Material interests can be negotiated. But how do you negotiate divergent traditions, competing prestige and hurt pride? The conflict is all the more intricate for being so immaterial. To this one must add the Sicilian-like traditions of family feuds among high-ranking Abyssinians: The regional impact of the war The main diplomatic impact of the Ethio-Eritrean conflict has been the failure of the US-led regional diplomacy.
Not only were two friends of Washington at war, but they openly refused to listen to their ally's advice. This has led to several regional consequences.
The main one has to do with Sudan, which was practically at war with both countries. After having at first shunned Sudanese overtures in June, four months later Addis-Ababa opened secret negotiations with Khartoum. NDA military forces in Eritrea have now redeployed to be prepared to face a possible combined Ethio-Sudanese attack on the west of the country.
Relations between Addis-Ababa and the small republic or at least its leadership have never been better. Last Spring, Djibouti's strongman Ismail Omar Guelleh, President Hassan Gouled's nephew, even went as far as saying in an interview with an Ethiopian newspaper that relations between the two countries could become "structural" and that France should have no say in the matter.
This was widely interpreted as meaning that Ismail Omar Guelleh, who will be in a very precarious position after his ageing uncle dies, was ready to accept an Ethiopian protectorate over his country.
The prospect was serious enough to cause a worried President Gouled to discreetly visit Paris in late October to reassure President Chirac about the future of French military installations in Djibouti.
While Ethiopia is still strongly opposed to the al-Ittihad fundamentalist movement which operates out of the Gedo region and into Ogaden, it has now shifted its stance towards the Somali National Alliance SNA led by Hussein Aydid. The SNA leader was invited to Addis-Ababa in September and it seems that he could now expect to benefit from Ethiopian help in exchange for keeping al-Ittihad in check.
Such a move could seriously affect the precarious balance of forces in southern Somalia and restart inter-clan fighting which has been at a low ebb during the last few months.
Divided between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti, they are in conflict with their respective governments in all three countries. Desirous for local support, the Tigrean-led government went along with this arrangement which is most likely only a way of extracting military equipment from Addis-Ababa before returning to war.
Conclusion The Ethio-Eritrean conflict is again on the verge of erupting. It is difficult to imagine how foreign well-wishers could help, given the highly intimate cultural dimension to the quarrel. Hence the refusal of President Issayas Afeworki to withdraw from the areas he has occupied, although they are of no real use for his country.
However, the conflict is very unlikely to produce refugees, if by refugees we take the classical meaning of people who flee one country to take refuge in another. Given the fact that the fighting takes place on Tigrean soil and among Tigreans, people will become internally displaced by retreating from the firing line deeper into their own hinterland.
There is absolutely no incentive to cross a border. Nor are there any convenient borders available to be crossed. Journal of Modern African Studies. The Masters of War". A History of Modern Ethiopia, Ras Alula and the Scramble for Africa: Ethiopia and Eritrea The Red Sea Press, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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For this reason its lacks diversity in sources relating to very recent events. But the interpretation is based on the author's long familiarity with the Ethio-Eritrean scene, beginning inunder Emperor Haile Selassie, when he stayed several months both in Ethiopia proper and in what was then its Eritrean "province", including in the combat zones. During the s he went back several times to then communist Ethiopia but not to Eritrea due to political problems within the EPLF itself. But he kept in touch with the independence movement both in Europe and at its rear bases in the Sudan.
He went back to Eritrea in at the end of the war and was an official observer at the independence referendum of He then returned several times to both Eritrea and Ethiopia, the last visit taking place in September It is on this twenty-five year familiarity with Ethiopia and Eritrea, their lands, cultures and populations, that the author has based his discussion of a most unusual conflict.
They have more in common than the Tigre people of Eritrea have with the Baria and Cunama of the Eritrean lowlands". Baratieri, Memorie d'Africa Torino: Ethiopia and Eritrea Asmara: The Red Sea Press,   This is the name adopted by the ruling single party in Eritrea in It is in fact, both politically and sociologically identical to the EPLF guerrilla organization which had led Eritrea to independence.
Before there was no all-weather road going into either the Badme area or into the Erob country around Zalanbessa which was soon to become the second front of the war.
In late Maythe present author while in Washington talked with a friend in the Clinton administration who had been part of the US Peace Team in Addis-Ababa and who, knowing Ethiopian culture well, judged the situation in practically the same terms.