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Eritrea will push to reduce its isolation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Subject

Eritrea political update.

Significance

Eritrean opportunities to break out of self-imposed isolation and Ethiopian-led containment have been bolstered by regional dynamics such as migration and Yemen’s conflict.

Impacts

  • A more pragmatic foreign policy will not necessarily lead to better relations with Eritrea's immediate neighbours.
  • Re-engagement will further encourage foreign investment in extractives and port development, as well as review of the UN sanctions regime.
  • The autocracy will resist reforms necessary for the benefits of any economic improvements and engagement to reach the population.

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