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Leave Somalia to the Islamists?

In last week’s Newsweek, Andrew Bast argued that outsiders might be well-served by standing aside as the Islamist Al-Shabab group attempts to seize control of more of the country. Bast writes that: “The Islamist group is far from ...

Radicals gain in Somalia

The Washington Post reports on the gains of the Islamist rebels in Somalia — and on unintended (but not unanticipated) consequences: The scenario now unfolding in Somalia is the one a U.S.-backed Ethiopian invasion nearly two years ago had ...

Somalia dangers

The International Crisis Group (ICG) issued a warning on Somalia today. It begins: The draft resolution the U.S. intends to present to the UN Security Council on 29 November could trigger all-out war in Somalia and destabilise the entire Horn of ...

Somalia: four scenarios

After 15 years without a central government, Somalia is showing signs of movement. It is not clear where it is going, however. Two new forces are at work: a weak internationally-supported transitional government has been formed, and last week ...