Policy, Can You Grasp It?
The western-backed pro-TPLF group known as Sahan has proposed a new policy for Ethiopia that would distance the country from its former allies during the two-year conflict in northern Ethiopia.
The group is advocating for Ethiopia to adopt a more independent foreign policy and to develop partnerships with countries that have a history of supporting the TPLF, which is usually interpreted to mean the West.
Shockingly, representatives from the Nairobi-based group known for disseminating malicious propaganda and misinformation in support of the TPLF during the war have visited Addis Ababa this week and held talks with senior officials, unnerving Ethiopia’s allies in the region and beyond.
Sahan representatives boasted about creating a rift between the Ethiopian military and intelligence officials in an attempt to destabilize the country.
This move has raised concerns among Ethiopian authorities, fearing the group may be trying to undermine Ethiopia and the wider region.
Critics argue that Ethiopia’s alliances with Eritrea and Somalia were necessary for the country’s security and stability, and that a shift in policy could lead to further instability in the region.
However, officials say Sahan is suggesting that these ties be severed in favor of Western countries, which they see as more sympathetic to the TPLF cause.
Observers warn that Ethiopia needs to be cautious in its dealings with groups like Sahan, given the potential for harm to the country. It is essential that Ethiopia’s leaders remain vigilant and do not allow themselves to be taken in by groups with ulterior motives.
The Tigray conflict, which began in November 2020, has claimed the lives of thousands of people and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
Sahan Research, controlled by Matt Bryden, a former UN official, has been advocating for military intervention in ending the conflict and restoring peace in Ethiopia.
The think tank has been accused of promoting TPLF’s agenda in Ethiopia and the wider region and has been critical of Abiy Ahmed’s government, accusing it of human rights abuses and authoritarianism.