By GPF Staff
Now that the weekend is upon us, there are five stories from the past week that deserve revisiting – and no, not one of them concerns the EU migration summit.
The balance of power may be shifting in East Africa. Two major developments lead us to this conclusion: an Eritrean delegation traveled to Ethiopia for cordial peace talks, and Sudan and South Sudan tentatively reached a peace agreement. Central to both these deals is Ethiopia, which appears to be attempting to settle regional conflicts. It is far too early to say whether Ethiopia will be successful in this regard. It is not too early, however, to note Ethiopia’s reaction to foreign competition for resources and power in its neighborhood. This is the context for a number of seemingly unconnected stories emerging from this part of the world last week, and it’s a story to follow closely.
The Balkans bends but does not break. The European Union left aspiring members Macedonia and Albania at the altar when