Be it an article for international media or a research work, anyone who attempts to write on Eritrea is ostensibly confronted with two most basic issues: sources to be quoted and most updated facts on crucial subjects. What is worse for many of us who have experienced it firsthand is also balancing what is being cited (and recycled) as facts by some organizations and using our judgments to find the middle...

  Introduction The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Central Asia will focus on the opportunities for cultural diplomacy in Central Asia in the framework of the current transitions and challenges. In particular, the symposium will highlight the best practices of countries in the Central Asia of practicing cultural diplomacy to educate and to strengthen relationships between groups...

Despite all that’s been written and spoken about extreme repression and economic blight in Eritrea, surprisingly little has been publicized about its inscrutable leader, Isaias Afwerki, who has led the country with an iron fist since independence in 1991. Based on common knowledge among Eritreans in the country and other information that I have collected over the years from frequent contacts, I am...

  Introduction Throughout the years of 2015-16 we have seen the number of migrants flooding into Europe gain momentum as the pace and magnitude of the migration has been sharply rising. Although recent movement of refugees both from Syria and elsewhere has gained momentum, when looking for the trigger, it is essential to go back to 2011 when the Arab uprising began in the Middle East. The Syrian...

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