It would be a mistake to ridicule what's been achieved in the Horn of Africa, but obstacles remain.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea have improved thanks to efforts made by Ethiopia's new premier.
If peace is achieved between Ethiopia and Eritrea, it will help stabilise the Horn of Africa, and the broader East Africa region.
More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
A day after agreeing a deal on resettling African asylum seekers with the UNHCR rather than forcibly deporting them, Israel announced the deal was off.
Eritreans in Israel aren't all fleeing persecution, but many have risked everything for a better life in Israel. Now they're at risk of being 'sold' back to Africa.
Israel is deporting thousands of Eritrean asylum seekers to Rwanda, while in the US, many face being sent back to the country they fled.
Despite the passionate for which they are usually fought, independence movements are rarely successful and their outcomes less than hoped for.
Eritreans are at risk of severe malnutrition – but aid agencies struggle to access those in need.
Should the EU be giving money to repressive regimes to stop the flow of migrants?
Many Eritreans whose asylum claims are rejected have them overturned on appeal.
Many migrants would have stopped before they reached Europe – if only there had been the opportunities.
To improve, African countries need to find a balance between political and economic matters. This is where leadership becomes particularly important. But this is currently lacking on the continent.
Separation is intended to deal with problems and provide an acceptable alternative, but history shows it may not be the solution.
Will the latest Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict spiral into a large-scale military confrontation? The odds are highly unlikely: neither side believes it would gain from such an eventuality.
Eritrea achieved independence 25 years ago amid high expectations for its future. Today, the country's youth make up a large portion of the refugees risking their lives for a better future in Europe.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
In the words of US President Obama: Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions. In this light, the South African president's acceptance of a court ruling against him is a good thing.
China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.