Archive for the ‘Djibouti’ Category

Shifting US Strategic Interests In Africa – Pawn or Partner?

Via the American Academy of Diplomacy’s series titled ‘The General and The Ambassador’, a very interesting podcast with retired Admiral Franken and Ambassador Pasi talk about shifting US strategic interests in Africa, the key role of the US base in Djibouti,  the challenge of regional  terrorist groups (Al Shabaab, Boko Haram),  the policy of “sound […]

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China’s Push to Secure Its Energy Interests in the Middle East

Via CSIS’ Hidden Reach, a look at China’s push to secure its energy interests in the Middle East: China is expanding its footprint in the Middle East to meet its vast energy needs. Near the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for transporting oil, Chinese companies have invested heavily in ports and energy infrastructure. […]

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Africa Will Get A New $1B Spaceport In Djibouti

Via Quartz, a report on a planned new spaceport in Djibouti which is expected to include seven satellite launch pads and three rocket testing pads, and will be the first orbital spaceport on the continent: Africa could soon get a new spaceport after Djibouti signed a partnership deal with Hong Kong Aerospace Technology to build a […]

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The Horn Of Africa States: The Inter-Connectivity Gaps

Via Eurasia Review, commentary on the inter-connectivity challenges faced by the Horn of Africa states:  This is the first day of year 2023. It is a good time to welcome it with an article on the inter-connectivity gaps of the Horn of Africa States, highlighting what they have been telling the region to do and […]

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The Horn Of Africa States: A Call For Economic Cooperation

Via Eurasia Review, commentary calling for greater economic cooperation among Horn of Africa nations: Detail of map of Greater Horn of Africa. Credit: Wikipedia Commons There is a myriad of challenges in the Horn of Africa States from regional challenges to local state level challenges. These are challenges ranging from economic to social political and […]

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Djibouti Suspends Chinese and Other Loan Repayments

Via South China Morning Post, a look at Djibouti’s – the strategically important Horn of Africa nation which is struggling under mounting financing pressures – recent decision to suspend loan repayments Djibouti – the tiny nation at the intersection of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden where China has vast commercial and military interests […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.