Qatar’s conflict with its neighbors affects the Horn of Africa

Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study It began as a squabble between Arab allies, but the standoff between Qatar and its neighbors is threatening to engulf the Horn of Africa. When Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives declared at the beginning of June that they were severing diplomatic relations …

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Money from Middle East fuels tensions in Horn of Africa

Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study Relations between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula go back centuries, with trade playing a key component in binding their people together. Religion has also played a part. The expansion of Wahhabism – the interpretation of Islam propagated by Saudi Arabia – has been funded by the …

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Margaret Thatcher’s ‘Marshall Plan for southern Africa’

Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study Margaret Thatcher wooed the South African government with promises of a “Marshall Plan for southern Africa” and helped “save” the independence of Namibia, according to newly released papers. The events they cover provide an insight into a March 1989 visit to Britain by the South African foreign minister, Pik …

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Fidel Castro: troubled legacy in the Horn of Africa

Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study In southern Africa, Fidel Castro is almost universally seen as a hero. After all it is the Cuban leader who sent his forces to Angola to halt apartheid South Africa. What southern Africans would easily forget is that Cuban troops were sent to many other African conflicts with mixed …

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