A critical US State Department human rights report, and a very strongly worded response to it from the Ethiopian side, the recent visit of the secretary of state Clinton to seven African nations which “excluded” Ethiopia, Obama’s engagement policy and the push for negotiations with Eritrea…. some have already begun to argue these are indications of a policy shift by the new US administration regarding the Horn. Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia David Shinn, however dismisses such notions saying that such developments can not be taken as a sign of shift in US policy. “While I believe Ethiopia would have been an appropriate country to include on Secretary of State Clinton's schedule, I do not interpret the fact that she did not visit on this occasion as a shift of US policy. Secretary of State Rice did visit Ethiopia in late 2007. US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who accompanied Secretary of State Clinton to Kenya, made a special point of visiting Ethiopia. I have no doubt that Secretary of State Clinton will visit Ethiopia on some future occasion. I would not make very much of the omission of Addis Ababa from her schedule and I do not interpret this as an effort to look for alternative allies in the Horn. Let's be honest there are very few potential allies for the US to choose from throughout the wider region,” Shinn told The Reporter.The rest of the article can be found here.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I am extensively quoted in Namrud Berhane's article "The policy shift debate" in the Ethiopian Reporter. Here is the beginning of the article:
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