“Militarization of the Red Sea should be cause for concern”, says Abdul.

In terms of security related developments the Horn of Africa is an already “dynamic” region. In addition to traditional readings of state-to-state relations, there are new influences originating from the Arabian Peninsula and beyond that make the security challenges in East Africa an amazing puzzle. To shed some light on relevant factors, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation (CDRC) jointly invited decision makers, advisors, and the most important stakeholders to a briefing session on April 19th, 2018 in the Capital Hotel, Addis Abeba.

Dr. Annette Weber (German Institute for International and Security Affairs) and M. Abdul Mohamed (Political Analyst) summarized the most important regional security developments, such as the militarization of the Red Sea, migration, risks of unilateral Nile water management and terrorism. The comparison between European and local assessments was a valuable exercise. Based on the prominent outreach by the new Ethiopian Prime Minister, the discussion focused also on the difficult Ethiopian-Eritrean relations – an issue that will most likely stay on the agenda of both countries in the near future.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is grateful for the lively and sincere exchanges. We are looking forward to similar activities in the future!