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Obama Should Stay Away From Ethiopia

Ethiopia is not a model of democracy that should be rewarded with a presidential visit.
Washington wants a stable partner in the Horn of Africa. But cozying up to the repressive regime in Addis Ababa isn’t the way to go about finding one. Ethiopia is not a model of democracy that should be rewarded with a presidential visit.

By Jeffery Smith and Mohammed Ademo (for Foreign Policy),

LATER this month, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to ever visit Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country, and a nation viewed by many as a bastion of stability in a region otherwise beset with civil strife. The trip — which will also include a stopover in Kenya — is being billed as part of the Obama administration’s regional efforts “to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security.Continue reading Obama Should Stay Away From Ethiopia