This is a thoroughly researched book that includes opinions, comments and analyses of scholars and commentators familiar with Eritrea's external relations. For readers interested in geopolitics, political economy, rural and agricultural development, and conflict resolution in North Africa, this is an essential read. It has three chapters dealing with the historical contexts of foreign relations, as well as a chapter analysing the role the US has played and will continue to play in the region, in particular with relation to the war on terror and keeping tabs on radicalism. The last chapter offers some conclusions and way forward. After reading 160 pages, you'll get a good grasp of the problems, issues, concerns and drivers surrounding the sustained conditions of hunger, poverty, armed conflict, poor governance, institutional failures and widespread underdevelopment in the Horn of Africa. The fact that is published jointly by Chatham and Brookings gives credibility to this scholarly work. Enjoyable reading!