Why a Quiet Hajj Is Hurting Somalia
Somalia usually sells millions of animals to Saudi Arabia to feed pilgrims. This year, it has nowhere to send its goats.
In Somalia, Iran Is Replicating Russia’s Afghan Strategy
Iranian forces are supporting al-Shabab and allegedly offering bounties. The U.S. government must stop Tehran before it further destabilizes the Horn of Africa.
Trump Inherited the Drone War but Ditched Accountability
Only a single formal check remains on U.S. killings worldwide.
‘We Are Used to a Virus Called Bombs’
The coronavirus will ravage a resilient Somalia—with ripples far beyond its borders.
U.S. Military’s Hub in Africa Fights to Keep the Coronavirus Out
Contractors who work at the only permanent U.S. base in Africa have tested positive for the coronavirus as officials and experts fear the pandemic’s spread could allow terrorist groups to wrest away more territory.
Top U.S. Aid Chief Warns of Locust Devastation in East Africa
“You really have to go back to decades ago in the U.S., to Dust Bowl days, to understand just how devastating this can be.”
U.S. Bureaucratic Blunder Could Cost Somalia Desperately Needed Debt Relief
U.S. ambassador considers resigning over the issue, which could harm U.S. anti-terrorism mission and aid programs there, officials say.
Does America Know Who Its Airstrike Victims Are?
A recent strike in Somalia raises questions about whether Africom investigates civilian casualties.
For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits?
Interest in the Horn of Africa from foreign powers has always been a double-edged sword.
U.S. Bombardments Are Driving Somalis From Their Homes
Airstrikes on al-Shabab have tripled under Trump.
U.S. Developing Supply Route Along Dangerous Stretch From Djibouti to Somalia
The project is part of a broader military entrenchment in Africa.
Al-Shabab Wants You To Know It’s Alive and Well
The brutal attack in Kenya is designed to show Washington and the world that the terrorist group is still a force to be reckoned with in East Africa.
Start Small to Stop the Next ISIS
One year on from the defeat of the Islamic State, the new U.S. Congress should draw on lessons learned from efforts to counter violent extremism.
Two Muslim Women Are Headed to Congress. Will They Be Heard?
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have won, but the battle for a new brand of feminism in the Democratic Party and within Muslim communities has just begun.
Somalia Is a Country Without an Army
The United Nations and foreign powers claim they are dedicated to building up the Somali National Army. Instead, they have become complicit in its dysfunction.
U.S. Diplomat’s Resignation Signals Wider Exodus From State Department
One diplomat’s stinging resignation letter offers a glimpse into declining morale at the State Department under Trump.
As Kenya Struggles to Recover from a Tumultuous Election, America Must Stand by Its Side
The democratic future of a key ally in East Africa is at stake.
Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy
Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.