Somalilandsun- Tensions between Iran and the United States are edging toward what some analysts say could become a full-blown war to further destabilize the region. Libya, the focus of Sunday’s international efforts in Berlin, lies at the heart of a crisis that stretches across the Sahel and West Africa, as well as the related migration issues facing Europe. So it’s understandable that a new deal among Red Sea neighbors reached earlier this month hasn’t been a priority, but that’s not the case for regional African nations – and neither are they separate issues.
Eight countries met in Riyadh on January 7 to sign the charter for the Council of Arab and African States bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. It’s an organization that’s been discussed in diplomatic circles for a few years but ultimately is coming to fruition under Saudi Arabian leadership. That in and of itself has caused friction among parties to the agreement – Egypt among them – as well as East African nations, like Kenya and landlocked Ethiopia, that feel threatened by yet another bold move in an increasingly crowded neighborhood. Continue Reading Crossing the Red Sea: Where the new littoral-state council goes next