Pentagon’s Latest Friend is Africa’s Newest Tyrant
By Frank Smyth, December 15, 2002, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld last week became the highest ranking American official to ever visit Africa’s newest nation, the small state of Eritrea on the Red Sea across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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Infallible Nation?
By Frank Smyth, September 24, 2001,

I was riding a bike on a busy avenue in the Eritrean capital of Asmara when, one after another, several citizens of the newly independent nation began ordering me to stop. Why?

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Africa’s Inexplicable Horn
By Frank Smyth, May 18, 2000,

Ethiopia’s former communist leader, Mengistu Haile Mariam, prolonged a famine in northern Ethiopia in the mid-1980s to dry out two Marxist insurgencies that were each deeply rooted there.

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Growing Pains in the Horn of Africa?
By Frank Smyth, August 19, 1999,

Many developing nations have borders that were first established by colonial powers. But few embrace their colonial heritage as closely as does Eritrea, a tiny nation of 3.6 million people that amicably seceded from larger Ethiopia in 1993.

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Africa’s Horn War
By Frank Smyth, April 29, 1999,

Secessionist struggles stoke nationalist passions, but they do not necessarily correspond to ethnic groups. While ethnicity burns the fire in the Balkans, ethnic Tigrinyans lead both Ethiopia and Eritrea into battle in the war on the African Horn.

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Battle Horn: So Much for Africa’s “New Leaders.”
By Frank Smyth, March 1, 1999, The New Republic

The war on Africa’s Horn may be the most dramatic and bloodiest chapter in the rapid disintegration of an alliance among a group of African leaders–commonly referred to as the “new leaders”–that once held much promise. In 1996, Isaias and Meles, along with Uganda’s…

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Africa’s New Block
By Dan Connell & Frank Smyth, March 3, 1998, Foreign Affairs

SUB-SAHARAN Africa is undergoing its most profound changes since the early years of independence. Forces that have long held sway over the region are now either waning or gone. For decades the United States, the Soviet Union, and France propped up dictators who served their interests — men like Ethiopia’s…

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