Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

The Changing Nature of Eritrea’s Opposition Politics

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme, Horn of Africa Project


Herui Tedla Bairu, Chairman, Eritrean Congress Party
Jason Mosley, Associate Fellow Africa Programme
Chair: Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC News


The Eritrean political opposition has long been divided by factors such as geography, ethnicity, religion and competition. There have been several attempts to unify opposition parties under an umbrella organization. Yet, efforts to transform and establish a political platform and alternative to the government in Asmara remain fractured.

In recent years, civil society and youth groups from the diaspora have emerged, altering the nature of traditional opposition, with greater online and social media visibility, and campaigns for accountability on issues such as migration. Simultaneously, international actors have increased their engagement with the government, including dialogue over processes of reform. 

The speakers will discuss the current state of Eritrea’s political opposition and the prospects for dialogue and unity.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.