Horn of Africa

  • Obama’s 'Most Strategic Itinerary' in Africa

    Atlantic Council’s J. Peter Pham says President has important reasons to visit Kenya and Ethiopia

    US President Barack Obama’s decision to visit Kenya and Ethiopia this week underscores the strategic significance of these two sub-Saharan nations to the United States, says the Atlantic Council’s top Africa analyst.

    Obama arrives in Kenya, his late father’s homeland, July 23.

    “Beyond that personal tie to Kenya, this is arguably the most strategic itinerary of the President’s four trips to sub-Saharan Africa,” said J. Peter Pham, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.

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  • Bruton on Obama's Ethiopian Trip

    Voice of America quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on why President Obama's trip to Ethiopia is a mistake:

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  • Pham on Significance of Obama's Trip to Africa

    Star Tribune quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on President Obama's upcoming trip to Ethiopia and Kenya and the need to address pressing issues in both countries, particularly human rights:

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  • Pham on Obama in Africa

    Deutsche Welle quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on Obama's visits to Kenya and Ethiopia, where fighting terror and economic growth will be high on the agenda:

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  • Pham on US Alliance with Ethiopia

    The Ethiopian Herald quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the recent military cooperation between the United States and Ethiopia:

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  • Bruton on US Drones Operating from Somalia

    Foreign Policy quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the United States secretly operating drones from bases in Somalia:

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  • Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Ethiopia Recognizes Country’s ‘Enormous Importance’

    Atlantic Council’s J. Peter Pham applauds decision to add Ethiopia to African itinerary


    Nearly 112 years after the United States and Ethiopia established diplomatic ties, US President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American leader ever to visit the East African nation—a visit the Atlantic Council’s J. Peter Pham says is long overdue.

    “This is a country with which we’ve had diplomatic relations for more than a century,” said Pham, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. “Economically, it’s one of the five fastest-growing countries in the world, with a number of years of double-digit growth. And with its population of 90 million and its tremendous potential for US companies, it’s also an anchor of stability in a very volatile region.”

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  • Pham on Somalia's Remittance Problem

    International Business Times quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on MasterCard's plan to use debit and credit cards to both gain access to and bolster the Somali economy, now largely dependent on remittance funds transferred from abroad:


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  • Free Trade Pact Highlights Egypt’s Pivot Back towards Africa

    On Wednesday, presidents and other leaders representing twenty-six African countries meeting at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh signed an agreement to launch a “Cape to Cairo” free trade zone spanning the length of the continent. The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), as it will formally be known, will embrace three of Africa’s major economic blocs—the East Africa Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)—with a combined population of some 625 million people and an overall gross domestic product of more than $1 trillion.
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  • Pham on the Rise of al-Shabaab

    US News and World Report quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the rise of al-Shabaab:

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