January 07, 2022
China Looks to Play More Active Role in Horn of Africa Conflicts
By Shannon Tiezzi
Just after his visit to Eritrea, Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the creation of special envoy post for the region, presumably to address the Tigray war.
December 10, 2020
What Ethiopia’s Ethnic Unrest Means for China
By Austin Bodetti
China's massive investments in Ethiopia give it a lot to lose amid renewed sectarian violence.
January 25, 2020
Through Eritrea, China Quietly Makes Inroads Near the Red Sea
By Austin Bodetti
China is finding an eager partner in Eritrea, an autocratic state generally overlooked entirely by world powers.
May 03, 2019
The X Factor in China-UAE Relations: The Horn of Africa
By Samuel Ramani
From port competition to the Somaliland issue, China and the UAE's conflicting interests in the region are not easy to reconcile.
March 15, 2018
From Sea to Space: India and France Deepen Security Cooperation
By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Outer space and maritime security featured prominently during the French president’s India visit this week.
May 08, 2017
China Burnishes Anti-Piracy Credentials Without Clarifying Possible Use of Lethal Force
By Ankit Panda
The Chinese Ministry of National Defense clarified the extent of the Chinese Navy's anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.
February 25, 2016
Chinese Anti-Piracy and the Global Maritime Commons
By Matthew G. Minot-Scheuermann
As Chinese maritime influence grows, it raises questions for the commercial maritime community.
May 14, 2015
China's Naval Plans for Djibouti: A Road, a Belt, or a String of Pearls?
By Rob Edens
As China looks to Djibouti, it may be apparent that Beijing's "peaceful rise" is showing its claws.
October 25, 2014
Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips
By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The Diplomat's Akhilesh Pillalamarri reflects on Wendell Philips' career and the heritage of the ancient Middle-East.