Ethiopian officials, and much of the public, are convinced that President Biden’s foreign policy is rooting for the rebels. If anything, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and USAID chief Samantha Power, who were known for their interventionist foreign policy position during their tenure under President Obama, seem to be pursuing an activist foreign policy that has turned one of the most promising economies of Africa into a pariah state. Early in December, the Ethiopian army got the upper hand in the conflict, repulsing an offensive by the rebels that threatened the Ethiopian capital. It is also a testament to a failed foreign policy; the US has apparently exhausted all of its leverage without anything to show for it. To have any chance of success, US foreign policy should abandon its activist ambition, be pragmatic and modest, and, most of all, be painfully aware that the US does not always know what is best for another country.
Source: Ethiopian News January 24, 2022 14:53 UTC