Ethiopia's Alignment with Eastern Bloc: Geo-Politics, Alliances, and the Specter of Conflict

Published Aug. 25, 2023, 8:12 p.m. by FNN


The recent geopolitical shifts involving Ethiopia's alignment with an Eastern bloc, characterized by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's affinity towards non-Western nations, particularly Russia, and Eritrean President Isaias Afeqwork's vocal stance against Western powers, have sparked intrigue and speculation on the global stage. This emerging alliance raises important questions about global stability, regional dynamics, and the potential repercussions for marginalized nations, such as the Oromo people. Additionally, against this backdrop, Russia's ongoing conflict with Ukraine serves as a reminder of the complexities and potential pitfalls of such geopolitical realignments.

Ethiopia's Pivot: A New Geopolitical Landscape

The Ethiopian government's growing alignment with Eastern powers challenges the established Western-dominated global order. The diplomatic overtures between Ethiopia, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and nations like Russia and China signal a recalibration of international relationships. This alignment, characterized by similar interests and ideology, and shared objectives, raises questions about potential shifts in global power dynamics.