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How the Saudi-Qatar rift is dividing the Red Sea

By Martin Plaut Introduction On the 5thof June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and their allies - nine governments in total -...

UAE port deal with Somaliland stirs up trouble in the Horn

Tensions between Somalia and the self-proclaimed independent Somaliland have flared up following a new tripartite deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ethiopia and...

Somaliland: Prosecutions Threaten Free Expression

Source: Human Rights Watch   (Nairobi, May 8, 2018) – A string of recent prosecutions in Somaliland targeting people who spoke out on controversial issues is...

Somalia: a pawn in the struggle between Arab states

Two articles have highlighted just how vulnerable Somalia is to outside interference. Sometimes it is from Ethiopia or Kenya, but in this instance it...

Ethiopia turns to Somaliland as an outlet to the sea

With the Eritrean ports of Assab and Massawa no longer available, and Djibouti at capacity, Ethiopia looks East to Berbera.   Somaliland defends stake sale of...
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