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INTERVIEW | Randall Schriver: ‘Not Much Distinction’ Between China’s Navy and Militia Fishing Boats

JAPAN FORWARD 13 December 2018 by YOSHINARI KUROSE A2AD, Asian and Pacific Security, China’s expansionism, China’s navy, debt diplomacy, east china sea, F-35, hegemonic strategy, Indo-Pacific region, INF, Japanese Self Defense Force, Militia Fishing Boats, PLA, Randall Schriver, RIMPAC, Senkaku Islands, SLBM, South China sea, taiwan, U.S.-Japan Alliance Randall Shriver, United States Assistant...

Sino-US conflict moves to Belt and Road

EJINSIGHT 13 December 2018 by  MARK O’NEILL A worker stands at a construction site of a railway bridge being put up by a Chinese firm in Laos under Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative. China has been accused of saddling developing nations with debt they will never be able to repay. Photo: Bloomberg The Cold War between Beijing and Washington is moving into new areas. Among them, one pertains...

Report Details China’s ‘Informatized’ Military Expansion

THE EPOCH TIMES 12 December 2018 by DANIEL HOLL Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops practice marching as they arrive at Tiananmen Gate for a military parade on Sept. 3, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Andy Wong/Getty Images) China’s economic advancement is allowing it to develop a powerful, and threatening military force. China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) has expanded significantly...

Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes

COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE HORN OF AFRICA 12 December 2018 by Petty Officer 1st Class NICHOLAS SCOTT U.S. Department of State and interagency officials attend a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals.   http://www.hoa.africom.mil/story/22302/day-two-of-east-africa-security-forum-concludes     ...

Saudi Arabia seeks new political bloc in strategic Red Sea region

THE JERUSALEM POST 13 December 2018 Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss the initiative without reaching final agreement. A view of Israel, including the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Suez canal. (photo credit: REUTERS) Saudi Arabia is seeking an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden,...

Regional news

Peacing together new logistics

AUTOMOTIVE LOGISTICS 25 October 2018 by GAVIN DU VENAGE The end of a long war between Eritrea and Ethiopia looks set to boost economic growth in the Horn of Africa, with new logistics links helping to serve the automotive industry                 The end of a longstanding conflict in the Horn of Africa is set to create new pathways into one of the potentially...

Ethiopia to allow privatisation of Ethiopian Airlines, telecoms

African Business 6 June 2018 Ethiopia will open its national carrier Ethiopian Airlines and state-owned telecom company to investors for the first time by selling minority stakes in the two firms. The move is part of a wider effort by Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to reform East Africa’s fastest growing economy, which is dominated by the state. Ahmed, in power since March 2018, has already reduced the role of Ethiopia’s powerful military in construction and similar projects, and lifted a state of emergency introduced after anti-government protests threatened to engulf the nation. The...

Ethiopia-Eritrea reconciliation project meets resistance from border communities

africanews 13 June 2018 The decision by Ethiopia’s ruling coalition to resolver a border dispute with Eritrea has met stiff resistance from members of Badme town which was the epicenter of the war that killed tens of thousands on both sides. The 36 member executive committee of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) announced on Tuesday that it would accept the December 2000 Algiers Agreement that was signed to restore peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea. But for many of Badme’s 15,000 residents, most of whom are veterans of the 1998-2000 conflict, the decision by premier...

Senate Tasks Gov’t to Put Acquired Port Land to Use

KT Press 11 June 2018 Rwandan Senate has given government up to six months to come up with a clear action plan and follow up on how to put to productivity port land the country acquired in Djibouti, Kenya and Tanzania. This task will see three ministries and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) convene to draft a plan on how Rwanda can profitably use 83.3 hectares of land. “We have resolved that in not more than six months we get a progress report on the agreement on Djibouti port and six months for government to give clear plan of how they will put the land  in Kenya and Tanzania to good...

When Peace is a Problem

New York Times 8 June 2018 If nature abhors a vacuum, politics abhors a military standoff, especially between two nations in one of the poorest, most volatile and most strategically sensitive regions of the world. And so there was much excitement when the government of Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it would fully accept the ruling of an international tribunal in the country’s boundary dispute...