Foreign Affairs published on 12 April 2015 an article titled "Africa's Next Hegemon: Behind Ethiopia's Power Plays" by Harry Verhoeven.
The author praises Ethiopia's economic development, although emphasizes the government is following a statist model that looks a lot like China's policies. He says Ethiopia operates on the basis that what is good for Ethiopia is good for the Horn of Africa. The EPRDF's vision for regional integration is one of interdependence, but on Ethiopia's terms. The author concludes that "never have so many Ethiopians had so much reason to be optimistic and confident about the future."