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.
Can Somalia Ever Win Against al-Shabab?
From the ashes of the country’s deadliest terrorist attack, lasting peace seems a long way off.
Not All Amnesty Deals Are Made the Same
Somalia offered a deal to al-Shabab fighters willing to lay down their arms. Here’s why it didn’t work.
The Global Hunger Crisis Will Not Be Tweeted
Americans are exhausted keeping up with Donald Trump’s every tweet. People in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen are exhausted by violence and hunger.
How to Tell a Story of Kidnapping and Climate Change in Somalia
Laura Heaton and Nichole Sobecki detail their reporting on Dr. Murray Watson and the impact his once thought-to-be lost work could have on the country decades later.
Somalia’s Land is Dying. The People Will Be Next.
Images from the front lines of Africa's battle with climate change.
The Making of a Climate Outlaw
Extreme weather pushed a farmer and a fisherman to take up arms. These are their stories.
The Key to Saving Somalia is Gathering Dust in the British Countryside
What if there were a blueprint for climate adaptation that could end a civil war? An English scientist spent his life developing one—then he vanished without a trace.
U.S. Navy SEAL Killed, Two Wounded, in Counter-Terror Raid in Somalia
Trump steps up the fight against terrorists in Africa and Middle East, leading to a wave of combat deaths.
Democracy Dies in Trump’s Darkness
The president should reverse his administration's campaign against transparency.
U.S. to Send Troops to Somalia Amid Blowback
Trump declared Somalia a war zone. Al-Shabab pushed back. Now we’ve got boots on the ground.
Somalia’s Pirates Are Back in Business
Lawlessness onshore is fueling a resurgence of crime on the high seas.
Starvation Stalks the Horn of Africa
Images from the drought that's pushing Somalia back to the brink of famine.
Trump Expands War Authorities to Target Militants in Somalia
Under a new authorization, U.S. forces are given more ability to launch attacks on al Shabab in the East African country