Great Trade Expectations Behind U.S.-Ethiopia Trade Relations| glObserver Global Economics


In 1903, the United States and one of the world’s oldest nations, Ethiopia, established a relationship. Emperor Menelik II described the day as “…

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Ethio-American relations started at the insistence of Robert P. Skinner, an American diplomat in France, who urged the US National Department to establish an official American presence in Ethiopia. The policy initiative was based on the strategic location of Ethiopia to the Red Sea route and the disadvantaged start-line position of the US compared to the colonial European presence in the region. President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Skinner as the initial Commissioner Plenipotentiary for a commercial/diplomatic mission to the court of Emperor Menelik II.

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