Djibouti rarely makes international headlines. But it is now one of the more important
security beachheads in the world.
Since November 2002, Djibouti has been home to Camp Lemonnier, a U.S. base. It is the only American base on the African continent.
There are some other military bases belonging to its French, Italian and Japanese partners.
Beijing called the installation a “logistics and fast evacuation base.”
Six weeks later, Saudi Arabia declared that it too would construct a base in Djibouti.
China has invested over $14 billion into infrastructure development.
Saudi Arabia has spent generously on social welfare projects for the country’s poor; built housing, schools and mosques for its swelling Yemeni refugee population; and dispatched teachers and preachers from the World Assembly of Muslim Youth
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have invested millions into charitable work over the past few months