“A Fraying Seam of World Order: Political & Security Dynamics in the Horn of Africa and Red Sea Region,” January 18, 2018.

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This panel discussion explored the rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape in the Horn of Africa, including the cross-cutting political and security dynamics among the states of the Horn, the Arabian Gulf and the broader Red Sea region.


Understanding of these developments is often obscured by the institutional divisions in government and the policy community between the Middle East and East Africa. The discussion aimed to bridge this divide and to identify opportunities for constructive U.S. diplomatic engagement in a challenging environment where the United States has a number of core interests.


Abdeta Beyene, Executive Director, Centre for Dialogue, Research, and Cooperation

Michael Wahid Hanna, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Annette Weber, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Payton Knopf, Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

Princeton Lyman, Senior Advisor to the President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Abdul Mohammed, Chief of Staff, AU High-Level Implementation Panel

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