Djibouti overwhelmed by migrants from Yemen

Djibouti overwhelmed by migrants from Yemen

Deported migrants arriving from Yemen are swelling the population of Djibouti camps, as officials with the International Organization for Migration warn that 3,000 more may arrive in the next few days. Djibouti has become “the epicenter,” says IOM official Jeffrey Labovitz, for complicated flows of migrant crossings over the Red…

Djibouti-Ethiopia rail runs set for October start

Test runs of the new railway linking Addis Ababa and Djibouti may come as early as next week, now that the $345 million project, funded primarily by China, is near completion. Officials with Ethiopian Railway Corporation say trial service will run for three to six months on the line, beginning…

Why Africa has been roped into the Saudi-Iran crisis

  Since Saudi Arabia took the decision on Saturday to execute a prominent Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and Iranians attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, tension between the two countries has escalated drawing in allies. Saudi Arabia is a predominantly Sunni Muslim country whereas Iran is Shiite which has…

Will China’s naval base cause friction with the US?

Djibouti’s recent decision to host a Chinese naval facility caught many Western analysts flat-footed, showing how difficult it can be to predict the behaviour of wily autocratic regimes like that of President Ismail Omar Guelleh – or, for that matter, the government in Beijing.  China chose this small country on…

Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe

Andrew is a Research Fellow in the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he specializes in international security.

AMISON end game in Somalia not in sight as Al Shabaab intensifies attacks

The African Union Mission in Somalia has made significant strides despite continued Al Shabaab attacks slowing its progress. However, after eight years in Somalia, it is high time that the AU made its exit plan known. NAIROBI, Kenya—Six African countries are currently contributing troops to AMISOM’s military component to pacify…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.