Somaliland: playing off superpower rivalries in the red sea

One of the world’s most functional self-declared independent states, Somaliland, is leveraging superpower rivalries in the Red Sea to its advantage and is attracting significant foreign direct investment in the port logistics, infrastructure, telecoms, and oil sectors. Next month, the US is set to agree on a military cooperation deal that would vie with Chinese and Russian influence in the region, while also providing security assurances for the strategic trade corridor connecting Somaliland to Ethiopia.