The third smallest country on the African continent (mainland) is becoming the strongest military power. Djibouti, also known as the horn of Africa is a growing strategic hub for foreign military powers. Since the turn of the century, Djibouti has become a hub for trade and in-road into Africa. Various European, Asian and American forces have pitched their tent in the country.
What really makes DJIBOUTI a strategic military hub?
Its port is the lifeblood of its economy, providing the biggest source of income and employment in this otherwise barren country. Djibouti’s proximity to restive areas in Africa and the Middle East and its relative stability have made it a prized location for foreign military bases and ensured a steady flow of foreign assistance.
Former colonial power France maintains a significant military presence. The country also hosts America’s largest military base in Africa, China’s first overseas military base and Japan’s first military base since the Second World War.
Djibouti serves as the main gateway for trade for its giant neighbour, landlocked Ethiopia.