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Navigating through Storms: Conflict and Cooperation in the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa - An Alumni Event
The Red Sea links the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, at the junction of three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe. This maritime route stretches for more than 2,200 km and varies in width from 300 km to less than 30 km between Djibouti and Yemen. It is a vital world maritime artery which accounts for around 12% of global trade. It is also an eminently strategic zone where many of the world's powers have military bases.
Recent attacks on commercial vessels by the Houthi militia in Yemen have placed the vital shipping route in the spotlight.
The escalating attacks targeting major commercial shipping through the Red Sea, made shipping companies decide to avoid the dangerous conflict zone and opt for the much longer and more expensive but comparably safer route around the continent of Africa.
Considering its intricate blend of geopolitical, socio-economic, energy, and military dynamics, the region stands as a pivotal hub for global security. Based on the recent development, which scenarios can be expected?
GCSP Alumni who have studied and who work with security issues in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, share their insights on the importance of the region, the security issues that exist and with the audience we will discuss how these must be addressed.
What are the major lines of the current geopolitical tensions?
What are the possible scenarios in short, mid, and long-term, regionally and globally?
How do the tensions affect littoral states, Horn of Africa, and globally?
How can diplomatic efforts be enhanced to prevent the situation from escalating into a more significant conflict?
What roles do regional organisations play in promoting peace and stability amidst the evolving geopolitical landscape?
Dr Adane Ghebremeskel, Project Executive Manager - Peace, Security and Governance, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Mr Babiker Osman, Special Advisor, Centre of Research and Studies for The Horn of Africa