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We don’t need your permission: Russia responds to US condemnation of Crimean Bridge

Russia will not ask for anyone's permission to build infrastructure on its territory. This was the response to the US, which condemned the opening of the Kerch Strait bridge between Russia and Crimea. The US State Department accused Russia of flouting international law by building a bridge to "occupied" Crimea without the permission of the government of Ukraine. “As one could predict, Washington is not happy with that. But Crimea is Russia,” the Embassy of Russia in the USA said in the statement on Tuesday. “We shall…

What ever happened to Somalia?

Somalia, the first country to be internationally labeled and recognized as a failed state, becoming in fact synonymous with the very notion of a failed state according to most international indices, has dropped out of the news as if it no longer exists. However, the characterization  of “Somalization” has spread to many more countries in recent decades, including many countries in our region. Reviewing and reminding people of the lessons of Somalia, however, is a worthy endeavor these days, especially for those who…

Ethiopia and the Gulf Crisis: The shifting regional power balance conundrum

Ethiopia's move to replace the United Arab Emirates in a strategic port in Djibouti is testament to the country's commitment to hegemony in the Horn of Africa Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's new prime minister, was in Nairobi, Kenya, earlier this month to hold talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. According to media reports, there were several items on the 42-year-old Ethiopian leader's official agenda: Finding a permanent solution to the recurrent interethnic conflict between members of the Dagodia clan, who are…

Turkey-UK trade increases by 15 pct in last three years

British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey (BCCT) Commercial Manager Emrah Öz said yesterday that trade between Turkey and the United Kingdom has increased by 15 percent in the last three years. Öz said with the contribution of the positive statement of political and commercial relations between the U.K. and Turkey, trade agreements have shown continuity in the last 15-20 years. He noted that trade between Turkey and the United Kingdom has increased by 15 percent in the last three years. "We…

Rare Tropical Storm in Gulf of Aden May Affect Yemen, Somalia, Djibouti

Above: Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone 1A (center) and related thunderstorm activity (lower right). Image credit: RAMMB-CIRA/CSU. Tropical Cyclone 1A, which developed late Wednesday between Yemen and Somalia, could become one of the first tropical storms on record to cross the entire Gulf of Aden—perhaps affecting even the tiny nation of Djibouti, where tropical cyclones are virtually unknown. TD 1A was named Cyclonic Storm Sagar by the Indian Meteorological Department, the agency with primary…

In Race Between Turkey and the UAE, Somalia Wins

By Stratfor August 15, 2017 Select Language The base in Somalia will be Turkey's second overseas installation, but it will be focused more on assisting Somalia than demonstrating Turkish military capabilities. As Turkey expands its geopolitical and economic presence in the Middle East and East Africa, the projection of power through the military will be a key part of this growth. The development of overseas military capabilities will lead Turkey into competition with other countries, such as the…

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