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Djibouti: Changing Influence in the Horn's Strategic Hub

Chatham House, London

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David Styan, Report author, Birkbeck College (University of London)

Overview

This event will launch a new briefing paper that examines Djibouti's vital strategic role in the Horn of Africa.

Djibouti's ports increasingly provide an economic lifeline for countries in the region seeking to re-export goods to the Middle East and Europe. Its location at the entrance to the Red Sea makes it crucial to broader regional plans for oil, hydro-electric and rail integration. Djibouti also plays a crucial part in regional security dynamics and is host to an international maritime and military presence, with an array of new forms of military naval and intelligence cooperation being developed.

Author David Styan, will discuss how, if the government's activist regional diplomacy is to pay dividends, current economic growth and windfall revenues need to be coupled with the renovation of domestic political structures and a more ambitious programme of job creation.