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Population: 6.54 mn.
GDP: $3.87 bn.
Debt: $0.95 bn.

United Nations sanctions continue while Asmara supports regional rebel groups. Mining sector expansion has little impact on economic constraints. Relaxation of controls encourages refugee returns and more diaspora funding. No change in relations with Ethiopia. Amidst succession manoeuvres, the external opposition is split and in dispute.




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Issayas looks north

The President is helping the Saudi and Emirates' military campaign in Yemen in return for desperately needed money for the flagging economy

Long isolated in the Horn of Africa, Eritrean President Issayas Afewerki is expanding his alliances and horizons. He has forged a new strategic military relationship with Saudi Ara...

Tongue-tied BBC

After years of cutting services, the BBC World Service made a dramatic U-turn this month when the Director of the BBC World Service Group appointed last year, Francesca Unsworth, a...

EU in denial

The European Union is limiting the number of Eritreans whom member countries grant asylum to. Brussels is finalising a 200 million euro development aid package for Asmara which, al...

Let my people stay

Eritrean refugees are at the heart of Europe’s migration crisis but a divided European Union is at odds about how to deal with them

Once, European countries were happy to gently chide the Asmara government for the oppression of its impoverished people, but the flotillas of its people sailing across the Mediterr...

The men Issayas depends on

After a failed coup in January 2013, President Issayas Aferworki moved to secure his regime by cracking down on dissent and radically restructuring the military. He deployed truste...

Sam Pa's pals in Asmara

The secretive Chinese business executive Sam Pa (aka Xu Jinghua and other aliases) shares an intriguing past with Eritrea's equally publicity-shy leaders. This emerged from a new r...

The diaspora strikes back

Asmara’s diplomatic isolation, rising opposition confidence in the diaspora and a continuing hard line from the UN put the regime under stress

Cracks in the revolutionary façade of the ever-secretive People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) may be appearing, after January’s failed coup and concer...

Asmara and the Islamists

Eritrea may be loosening relations with Al Shabaab

A July report by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea claimed that the ruling People’s Front for Democracy and Justice has resumed support to the Somali...

Issayas staggers a little

Whoever was responsible, the army rebellion and the seizure of Asmara’s television station expose growing cracks in the totalitarian facade

News of mutiny filtered out of Eritrea in late January as it might out of a hermit kingdom. On 21 January, some 200 soldiers with at least two tanks had seized control of the Forto...

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