Eritrea's External Relations: Understanding its Regional Role and Foreign Policy
Dr Richard Reid, Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies
Respondent: Gaim Kibreab, LSBU
Chair: Sally Healy, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Frequently misunderstood, and too often underestimated, Eritrea is crucial to the stability of the Horn of Africa region and beyond. Despite early optimism after the country gained its independence in 1993, today it has an undemocratic power structure, a low level of socio economic development and a highly militarized political system. It has fought wars with each of its neighbours, including a particularly devastating war with Ethiopia which remains unresolved. As Eritrea faces the threat of sanctions, and the possibility of being listed by the United States as a state sponsor of terror, its future hangs in the balance - and with it the future of a troubled region that occupies an increasingly strategic position in world affairs.
At this launch event the editor of this volume, Dr Richard Reid, will discuss the findings of the book and the importance of Eritrea for international policy-makers.
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