For a start, the sanctions President Joseph R. Biden Jr. authorized on September 17 to be used against all those undermining peace and security in Ethiopia have clearly yielded no meaningful result. The imposition of those sanctions on Eritreans and Eritrean entities have had no meaningful result on the ground.
In an interview with Alessandra Galloni of the Reuters NEXT Virtual Global Conference in Washington D.C. on December 3, 2021, United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken was asked about Ethiopia once again, and whether the Biden administration has any other tool to bring about peace and stability in the Horn of Africa nation.
Has Biden Failed In Ethiopia?
"I’d like to ask you about Ethiopia, an area that we have covered. It’s a country that we have covered extensively," Alessandra Galloni began putting her question to Secretary Blinken. "Thousands have been killed, 400,000 people in Tigray are living in famine, and efforts by the U.S. and African Union to get the two sides to the negotiating table have stalled. And even the threat that Ethiopia could lose duty-free access to U.S. markets doesn’t seem to be making much of a difference. And in fact, the prime minister has himself gone to the battle front. What leverage does the U.S. have in Ethiopia? What specific sanctions could you impose?