After assuming office in early 2018, Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed embarked on radical reforms that have since led to political realignment in his country, spilling over into the horn region. The charismatic and energetic Abiy was only 42 when he took over in 2018 and immediately reached out to long-time rivals Somalia and Eritrea, thereby forging a tripartite alliance that seems to be shaping into a new regional order. But has the Tigray war helped or held-back Somalia’s ambitions with Ethiopia? We find out in this second part of our series.
This is part 1 of a 4-part series
In addition to thawing relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea – two neighbours with a history of annexation, colonisation and decades of conflict – the rapprochement also had the potential to extensively restructure the regional geopolitical structure.