Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Ethiopia is a coastal state whose overall economic progress has been and still is being affected by a number of coastal and related obstacles. This paper will attempt to discuss each and every one of these obstacles and other relevant aspects in order to justify as much as possible Ethiopia's lack of progress in economic development. By no means these are not the only obstacles responsible for affecting the country's entire economic progress. The obstacles that I would like to present here are only those which are more or less directly related to maritime, geographical and geopolitical problems on the coastal area, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, plus Ethiopia's religious difference with the littoral states.