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Africa needs a stronger voice on resolving the Red Sea crisis

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The Red Sea crisis is now a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) priority, with three meetings held this year already. Following several months of...

East African regional bloc sets up peace and security media network

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The eight-member regional economic community in the East and Horn of Africa region – IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority on Development) plans to bring media onside...

An algorithm predicts how climate change will affect future conflict in...

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The Horn of Africa, on the eastern coast of the continent, is currently being battered by an intense and sustained drought thanks to which...

First EU NavFor drug bust

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A recent regular European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) anti-piracy patrol turned into a successful drug bust – the first in the history of...

EU NavFor Atalanta on HRA reduction

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As of the beginning of September, the high risk area (HRA) for piracy off the Horn of Africa was reduced with the European Union’s...

Change in piracy threats in Indian Ocean prompts redo of High...

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A continued downward trend in Somali piracy has prompted a number of global shipping organisations to reduce the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk...

Kenya-Somalia dispute threatens an embattled Horn of Africa

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Joint IGAD–AU action is urgently needed to avoid further destabilisation of a region already wracked by violence. Relations between Kenya and Somalia have been strained...

Aerial assets impact positively on Op Atalanta

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The European Union naval tasking off the Horn of Africa, which started life as protection for World Food Programme (WFP) vessels delivering food aid...

Somalia’s opposition cease recognising president as election row escalates

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An alliance of Somali opposition parties proposed the creation of a national council of lawmakers, opposition leaders and civil society to govern the Horn...

A month on, Atalanta commander reflects on new mandate

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A command insight into Operation Atalanta, the EU naval tasking off the Horn of Africa, comes from Commodore Diogo Arroteia. The senior Portuguese Navy officer...

African envoys due to meet Ethiopian PM as war ultimatum expires

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African peace envoys were due to meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday, a day after he said the military was beginning the...

EU vice president visits Horn of Africa

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EU vice president Federica Mogherini this week visited the Horn of Africa calling on three EU common security and defence policy missions as well...

Foreign military activity increasing in the Horn of Africa

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The presence of foreign militaries in the Horn of Africa is increasing, with a wide variety of international security actors—from Europe, the United States,...

ISS: National dialogues are key to peace in the Horn

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The countries in the Horn of Africa have entered a new phase of domestic instability. Political protests in Ethiopia and Sudan and armed insurrections...

Atalanta airborne ops

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The continued success of the EU naval operation off the Horn of Africa to ensure safe passage for vessels carrying much-needed food and stop...

Migrants to Yemen on the increase – IOM

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The number of migrants arriving in Yemen is set to rise by 50% this year compared to 2017, with almost 150,000 risking...

Conference warns against complacency over Somali piracy

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Delegates at the recent Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) conference have warned that complacency will see a rapid resurgence in the scourge...

Ethiopia/Eritrea ties critical for Horn of Africa

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Ethiopia's prime minister said ending war and expanding economic ties with neighbouring Eritrea is critical for stability and development in the impoverished...

Maritime piracy and armed robbery hits 22 year low in 2017...

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A total of 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International...

UN Security Council on Somali piracy

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While acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia have subsided substantially, the United Nations Security Council...

Ship attacks up internationally in first quarter of 2017

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Pirates and armed robbers attacked 43 ships and captured 58 seafarers in the first quarter of this year, slightly more than the...

Chinese, Indian navies stop suspected Somali pirate attack

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A Chinese navy ship supported by an Indian navy helicopter thwarted an attack on a Tuvalu-flagged merchant ship by suspected Somali pirates,...

Somalia’s al Shabaab takes town after Ethiopian troops leave

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Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group has taken control of El Bur, a town in the Horn of Africa's semi-autonomous region Galmudug, after...

Somaliland drought “nightmare” and a security threat

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Prolonged drought in Somaliland has killed between 65 and 80% of the semi-autonomous region's livestock, creating conditions that are "the worst time...

Op Atalanta has ensured safe passage for WFP vessels for eight...

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December marked the end of the eighth year of EU naval operations off the coast of Somalia with the primary task of...

EU marks eight years of counter-piracy patrols off Somalia but warns...

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This week the European Union is marking eight years since it launched its first ever maritime military operation, EU NAVFOR Somalia –...

NATO co-chairs counter-piracy conference

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Last week saw Bahrain host the 39th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) conference, a forum to discuss counter-piracy in the Gulf of...

EU will patrol for Somali pirates until end of 2018

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The European Union's naval mission will keep patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia for another two years, to guard against...

NATO ends Ocean Shield

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NATO has ended its Indian Ocean counter-piracy mission after a sharp fall in attacks, the alliance said, as it shifts resources to...

Piracy on the decrease but threat still there – report

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Incidences of Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and Horn of Africa have been decreasing but waters off West Africa remain dangerous...

Security Council extends AU mission in Somalia

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Re-authorising the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until May 31, 2017, the United Nations Security Council has set out key objectives...

Al Qaeda in Yemen poses growing threat to shipping

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Al Qaeda's Yemen branch remains a powerful force and poses a growing risk to merchant ships in vital waterways nearby despite efforts...

Anti-piracy Operation Atalanta extended to December 2016

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The European Union (EU) counter-piracy Operation Atalanta off the Somali coast has been extended by two more years to December 12, 2016. The...

Troubled Ethiopia-Somalia history haunts Horn of Africa

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Five hundred years ago, an Imam who ruled much of what is now Somalia, led a daring invasion of Christian Ethiopia, looting...

Horn of Africa crisis may last into summer: EU

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The crisis in Horn of Africa which has left more than 13 million people at risk of starvation will continue into the...

US increases food aid to Horn of Africa

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The United States is increasing food aid to drought-hit and strife-torn Horn of Africa nations where millions of people are at risk...

World Bank boosts Horn of Africa aid to US$1.88 bln

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The World Bank said it was more than tripling funding to $1.88 billion for a worsening drought in Horn of Africa countries...

World reacted too slow to East Africa crisis – DEC head

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The world reacted too slowly to the Horn of Africa hunger crisis leaving aid agencies racing to catch up with the region's...

Somali leaders adopt plan to end transitional rule

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Somali leaders adopted a roadmap designed to lead to elections within a year and end a string of fragile transition governments that...

World Bank says famine in Horn of Africa is manmade

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The famine in the Horn of Africa is manmade -- the result of artificially high prices for food and civil conflict, the...

Horn of Africa needs US$103 mln to fight famine -UN

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The drought-hit Horn of Africa urgently needs an additional US$103 million to rebuild agriculture and fight famine, the United Nations' food agency...

UN begins food aid airlift to rebel-held Somalia

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The United Nations said it had started airlifting food aid to rebel-held parts of drought-hit Somalia and that Islamist insurgents had abided...

Insufficient funds hit Horn of Africa aid efforts

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Donor fatigue following recurrent humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa has left aid agencies short of funds to carry out their...

Kenya becomes difficult US ally in troubled Horn of Africa

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As the United States government tries to help improve the volatile situation in the Horn of Africa, it has also had a...

Israel ready to recognize Somaliland

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The government of Israel is ready to restore the de jure recognition it had offered to Somaliland in 1960 as it eyes...