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Increased US engagement in Somalia – it’s a trap!

This week featured ferocious clashes in Mogadishu between Somalia’s fledgling federal government and Al Shabab, an Islamist militia with ties to Al Qaeda. Al Shabab has declared a “massive, final” war on the fragile government and struck Tuesday with a … Continue reading

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Consensus on Somalia: it’s going to get worse

Understanding Somalia always requires some triangulation. Recent events are more than a little baffling, at least at first glance. At second glance, they make a bit more sense, but seem to indicate even more miserable times again for the people … Continue reading

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Piracy – a great excuse to write about Somalia

It’s been a nice change of pace to hear stories about Somalia leading newscasts the last couple of days. The audacious hijack of a massive oil tanker has helped call attention to the phenomenon of piracy in the Gulf of … Continue reading

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How to tell the story of the strike against Al-Shabab in Somalia?

Aden Hashi Ayro, one of the leaders of the al-Shabab insurgency in Somalia, was killed last night in a US airstrike. Seems like a) a good time for a review of the third front in the perpetual “war on terror” … Continue reading

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Steve Bloomfield breaks new ground in Somalia reporting

There’s fierce competition for the title of the “worst crisis in Africa”. Most Africa-watchers will list Darfur, eastern Chad, northern Uganda, eastern DRC, noting in passing the last month’s violence in Kenya and the ongoing economic crisis in Zimbabwe. But … Continue reading

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Somalia spirals out of control. Or it’s completely peaceful. Depends who you ask.

The situation in Somalia is spiraling out of control, and, as always, it requires some serious digging to understand what’s actually going on. Sheikh Qasim Ibrahim Nur, the national security director of the Ethiopian- and US-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) … Continue reading

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Somalia: Possibly more complex than Nigeria

Several friends sent me links to this video yesterday. More than one referred to it as “the best thing on the Internet,” and I can’t disagree: In The Know: Situation In Nigeria Seems Pretty Complex When writing about thin media … Continue reading

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Ken Menkhaus’s insights on Somalia

The situation in Somalia is, as it always is, extremely confusing. Headlines yesterday alternated between reports of fierce battles and reports that both sides were returning to the negotiating table. An excellent interview with Ken Menkhaus in Foreign Policy helps … Continue reading

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UN peacekeepers in Somalia – is that a good thing?

John Bolton’s on his way out the door at the UN, but before he’s little more than a much-maligned, mustachio’d memory, he’s pushing a new policy: UN peacekeepers in Baidoa, Somalia. Baidoa is the seat of the largely impotent “transitional … Continue reading

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Quick Somalia Links

My friends at Radio Open Source are putting together a show on the political tensions in Somalia – their overview of the political situation is an excellent one, and reflects the difficulty they’re going to have in getting enough viewpoints … Continue reading

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