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US-Ethiopia relations a delicate balancing act: Shinn
BY A Staff Reporter
Ethiopia will be a very important African ally to the United States on a number of issues, and the US will look for its support. However, maintaining that alliance will be a delicate balancing act, a former US Ambassador to Ethiopia said.
According to David Shinn, who now is an adjunct professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, the challenge lies in U.S. policy and its outlook towards human rights issues in Ethiopia and the pace of democratization.
Putting pressure on Ethiopia will become increasingly difficult for the United States and other western countries as Ethiopia continues to strengthen its relations with countries such as China and Russia, according to Shinn.
“Ethiopia has been a good ally of the United States on a number of issues while it offers challenges for U.S. policy concerning its human rights practices and the pace of democratization. As a result, U.S. policy towards Ethiopia since the current government took power in 1991 has always been a delicate balancing act. This will continue to be the case,” Shinn said during a testimony before a
Congress sub-committee last week.
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Who cares for the Ucle Sams? We go our own ways. America is America, and Ethiopia Ethiopia. As is indicated by the former ambassador to Ethiopia, we have to cement our relationship with Russia and China. They are really very fair countries.
tell shinn to talk about his own country immense human right abuse
David shinn explaining how ethiopia’s hope was destroyed by her own short sighted, selfish good for nothing children.
““Democratization in Ethiopia experienced a major setback following the 2005 national elections. Although the election process began well, it ended badly. The political opposition must take some responsibility for the violence that followed the election, but ultimately the government is responsible for preventing violence and maintaining credibility in the electoral system,” he said.”
VERY SAD INDEED!
Here are the facts and realities, foreign police not easily change by a change of governments.
A good lessson for some Ehiopians who think the US or Europian States can take them to power forgetting that Ethiopia is a sovereign State.
I do indeed admire the Ethiopian fovereign policy, which is the smartest ever in Ehiopian diplomatic history, a dramatic change from a hostile to a friendly one,an active with a sharp balance between east and west,history must have to record that.
Mr. Ambassdor We see such great “profesinalism” on your reprot and It`s very matured report.
America has hard time a haid..You have said it all..Horn of Africa has hiuge political,sossial and economical proplems..things are getting complex in this particular part of Africa and only God knows what ? will be happen but America must be optimestic and hopeful on Horn of African politics in general and Ethiopia in particular..and America must see things in termes of constractive peace and estabilite in the horn not only he comercial intersts…
I thank you Mr.Ambassador
GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA !
I love my country !
You have created the African Gontanomo where every single somalia,ethiopian have been locked in weyannes secret camp.
Who cares whoever says anything.Ethiopians will win over the greedy weyane mafia groups.When we start kiking the so-called western and US start to negotiate.US and others don’t care about how Ethiopians are living as long as there national interest is in good hand.Victory for Ethiopian people.
Please, Be honest or leave us alone? We know who is who!?
I remember how the west was demonizing General Musharif of Pakistan once his usefulness expired. The media was telling us things would improve if the CIA-installed General stepped down. Well, the General is long gone, but the situation in Pakistan has gone from bad to worse. The so-called democratic government turns out to be a fake one. The west cares less about human rights or democracy than its self interest. These words are just tools to blackmail governments they don’t like. Whatever helps them to advance their national interest they will use. To his credit, Shinn told us a while back(in an interview with Ben of Ethiopiafirst) that what he says and writes is in the “interest” of his country, not Ethiopia. Whatever that is.
It is not good enough to focus on the realistic differences between Ethiopia and the US. The realistic truth is that there is no excuse for not letting freedom go throgh critical challenges by laying the necessary groundwork for a system that can contain critical events.
Well lookie here… what have we got going? Is Hillary trying some thing here? Is it time to re-examin what we can do for them and not what they can do for us? Or… what they/we can not do for us/them anyomer? No more needed in Somalia, no more support with the Bademe thing? Looks like time is up to me.
The problem with the US is we look out for our interest ONLY, every single time. Never commited unless we get something in return… what a way to destroy lives.
Mr. David Shinn is a seasoned Ambassador and he is using his diplomatic language. Therefore, read between the lines to understand his message. In essence, what he means is that the status quo is a liability and can no longer be maintained therefore there has to be a positive change on the part of Ethiopia on issues relating to human rights and the democratization process in order to roll the dice again.
Farah Ali Jama [Visitor]
“Mr. David Shinn is a seasoned Ambassador and he is using his diplomatic language.”
You are also a seasoned poster here and guilty of the same crime you accuse the ambassador…
I think what you stated is what you want to hear…i sincerly doubt that is what the ambsaddor is amplifying…
The Obama admin knows how important Ethiopia is for the US, specially given the current circumstances of world, the region and Ethiopia’s influence in that region…You are talking about an admin who precisely knows that Ethiopia is allergic to orders, threats, or black mailing…
The current popular US admin needs all the help it can get…specially from allies…
and statements like you assumed to be is the last thing they want to do…for heaven’s sake this admin wants to open diplomacy with their emenies let alone make statements thaat quarell them with their so called ally or friends.
The only fact is that the tyrant Zenawi and his evil regime have always
been agents for the Bush administration in the Horn of Africa ; they are expecting
that the Obama’s one too shall accept their services .
Ali good observation. unfortunately election in poor countries like ours is simply a tool for one group to take power from another group.once that group take the power with all its machinary the sky is the limit and the nation, including the loser group, is under his mercy. so country like ours have three choices.
to have a ‘not so fair election’ (2005), no to have one at all (pre 1995) or to have a fake election (2010). i’d pick number one and work our way through slowly. but unfortunately it maybe too late.
When is David Shinn to shut his wide mouth up? If he were in business he would have gone bankrupt a long time ago. Fellows like him are the ones who bankrupted America’s foreign policy from the Horn of Africa to the Middle East and beyond. Indeed they were responsible for all the odds that have taken place in different parts of the world in the last twenty-five years. The best way to go forward is not to seek advice from them. In fact, the best policy should be to tell them to retire and shut up. America must search for fresh minds that can think outside of the box Shinn and his generation of diplomats constructed for themselves. Their thesis is a “back-to-square-one” kind. It is not going to give hope to the world or to America. It has no future.
“The only fact is that the tyrant Zenawi and his evil regime have always been agents for the Bush administration in the Horn of Africa ; they are expecting that the Obama’s one too shall accept their services .”
Sit tight and watch…it is a matter of time before we hear you dis Obama too…
Go out of our way. You are not really ‘’Tulu'’ but trying to camouflage to distract the attention of bloggers. A genuine Tulu does not think in your mind. He has a different one. I saw you more than once. This is my first and last advice for you to be your self. Otherwise do not try to speak people’s mind if you do not have one of your own. You are probably supporter of the tyranic gorrila.
Thanks for allowing me to advice you! But no more, hear not to be teared.
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