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Title:An Aspect of the Geo-Politics of the Red Sea
Author:Kendie, Daniel
Periodical:Northeast African Studies
Geographic terms:Red Sea
Arab countries
foreign policy
Inter-African Relations
international relations
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43660318
Abstract:This paper examines the Eritrean conflict from the perspective of the Arab-Israeli dispute. Because of its geographic location, the Red Sea extends geopolitically beyond its geographic limits, and therefore, it affects the interests of all nations that are connected with it geographically, economically, politically, and strategically. Hence, it should not be surprising if some of the major problems of the Horn of Africa, like the Eritrean conflict, have become extensions of the conflicts in the Middle East and of those of East and West. The paper first argues that the Egyptian/Arab claim to the Red Sea has no historical, legal or geographic roots. Then it examines why matters related to the Red Sea suddenly became a central topic of Arab interest in the 1970s. There are three possible reasons: 1) religious solidarity, 2) blocking Israeli navigation on the Red Sea (once Eritrea attains statehood it is assumed that control of the Red Sea by the Arabs would be a relatively simple matter and that is why many Arab governments had to champion the cause of Eritrean independence); 3) Arabizing Eritrea. In conclusion, the author presents suggestions for a solution to the Eritrean conflict, and its implications for Ethiopia. Notes, ref.