Ethiopia’s withdrawal of troops last October highlights problems facing the internationally funded military intervention in Somalia.
The Horn of Africa harbours much potential social discontent, but two unlikely factors help to allay it.
Ethiopia is continuing to focus its economic policy on developing new infrastructure by planning infrastructure spending worth $89m.
South Sudan plans two roads that connect the oil producing nation to Ethiopia.
Some say Ethiopians abroad are giving their compatriots a voice but others accuse them of fuelling unrest in the country.
Since Ethiopia declared a state of emergency the government has shut down mobile data and blocked numerous social media sites.
China’s economic realignment could boost Africa’s manufacturing sector.
Ethiopia’s economy remains robust despite a difficult 2016 that has seen a drought and anti-government protests dampen optimism.
The Horn of Africa was long considered one of the most dangerous places in the world. It is increasingly known for growing trade and investment – with Ethiopia at the centre.
Ethiopia is emerging from the last decade with a track record of growth and increasing attraction to investors – but might the recent turbulence of ethnic protests and a major drought affect this?