Djibouti rarely makes international headlines. But it is now one of the more important security beachheads in the world.

Its strategic location also matters to global commerce and energy, due to its vicinity to the Mandeb Strait and the Suez canal, which sees 10% of the world’s oil exports.
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.
On Jan 21, 2016 the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry announced an agreement with Djibouti to host its base.

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.
Both countries have made economic and soft power investments 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
American base Camp Lemonnier serves a vital function for US AFRICOM. Having 4,000 personnel, it is the center of six drone stations which have attacked targets as Al-Shabab in Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
In 2014, the U.S. signed a new 20-year lease on the base with the Djiboutian government
America’s status in Djibouti will be affected by the activities of the Chinese and Saudi bases.