Ooh, sorry, you’ve already missed this one. One of east Africa’s least noticed and most strategically significant countries, Djibouti, returned its repressive, long-serving leader to power in April. Omar Guellah won the vote with a supermajority. It was easy. He was the only candidate.
Djibouti lies between Yemen, Somalia, and Ethiopia—countries of great interest to terror-stricken western nations—but Guellah is glad you probably couldn’t point to it on a map. As head of state, he has a miserable record of providing basic services to his people, and he recently violently quashed the largest protest in national history. The uprising took place just one week after Hosni Mubarak was toppled in Egypt, but went quietly into the dustbin of history.
This injustice surely merits more protests. But Djibouti is neither rich nor populous and is widely known for the national habit of chewing khat—a psychotropic plant that tends to dampen the urge to revolt. Guellah lives to quash another day.
Threat Level: 5