ILPI has a renowned knowledge base on Eritrea, with several key staff being world-leading experts on Eritrea. Due to the severe human rights situation in the country and Eritrea’s self-imposed isolation, the country appears today as quite an enigma to outsiders. How the country will evolve in the future is uncertain, however one observes increasing signs of state fragility. As such, it risks the danger of state collapse.
There is a great and urgent need for the international community to enhance its knowledge of current political developments in the country and its regional relations. ILPI’s on-going projects on Eritrea are premised on the need for a coordinated action on analysis, policy and advocacy, crosscutting the boundaries between bilateral and multilateral relations, state and civil society interaction, including the growing engagement of diaspora actors. In the context of its on-going projects, ILPI is also actively involved in assessing relevant initiatives among diaspora-based Eritrean activists and other role players with a view to shaping credible political alternatives for Eritrea.