Introduction: Eritrea's Uneasy Futures and their Historical Contingencies

David O'Kane, Sabine Mohammed, Magnus Treiber
2022 Modern Africa  
To introduce this special issue of Modern Africa, the editors review Eritrea's current condition and consider its historical roots: they place this Horn of Africa state in a broader historical context, one where neither relevant comparative cases nor past precedents are limited to its region. Hopes that were once invested in Eritrea as a model developmental state have now, thirty years since its independence, been thoroughly disappointed. The human rights violations and persistent
more » ... nt that make an Eritrean transition necessary are very real: equally real are the risks and dangers that would be involved in any such transition. Recent cases of failed transition are discussed here: so too are the possible routes Eritrea might take to a "developmental democracy." This issue's various contributions are then introduced and summarised.
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