The geopolitical shadow of Ethiopia's Tigray conflict

The Ethiopian army’s assault on the Tigray province risks triggering instability elsewhere in the Horn of Africa while staining the legacy of Nobel Prize winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.Meanwhile, regional powers with interests in the conflict, or fears that the instability may hit them, could seek to influence the conflict’s outcome in Ethiopia’s favour.A brewing civil war erupted between the government and leaders of the Tigray province after Ahmed send troops there on 4 November, accusing the separatist Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of attacking a government base and holding “il…

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