Somaliland’s Strategic Case for Independence
Lacking formal international recognition, the territory is seeking to make its mark through infrastructure deals and bilateral ties with key global powers.
It’s the Roads, Stupid
Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.
Don’t Blame Me for Delaying Somalia’s Elections
Somalia’s president says entrenched elites are blocking the path toward universal suffrage and insisting on an indirect electoral system that maintains their power.
The West’s Obsession With ‘Good Refugees’ Is Bad Policy
Wealthy countries love to celebrate immigrant success stories, but they are letting many potentially productive citizens fall through the cracks.
Will Somalia’s Missed Election Lead to Chaos?
The vote scheduled for early February was canceled, leading to uncertainty and a power vacuum in Mogadishu.
Somalis Need More Than an Election to Lift Them Out of Economic Despair
Somalis are having the wrong national dialogue.
Trump’s Withdrawal From Somalia Is a Security Threat. Biden Should Reverse It.
U.S. troops are scheduled to leave the country on Jan. 15, opening the door for al-Shabab terrorists to step up their attacks. The new administration should recommit to protecting the country.
The Best Deep Dives of 2020
Essential reads from a Chinese wind farm in Del Rio, Texas, to U.N. headquarters.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2021
The world in 2021 will be haunted by the legacies of 2020: an ongoing pandemic, an economic crisis, Donald Trump’s divisive presidency—and new threats emanating from wars and climate change.
Trump’s Plan to Withdraw From Somalia Couldn’t Come at a Worse Time
Whether political theater or not, calls to leave could exacerbate violence and increase the influence of Russia and China.
Can One Woman Fix a Failed State?
Hodan Osman couldn’t stamp out Somalia’s endemic corruption. But she made sure the country’s soldiers got paid.
‘This Is Personal’: Minnesota’s Somali Americans Fear Reckoning in Second Trump Term
A solid blue state is closer to being in play this year—galvanizing Somali Americans in an election they call “do or die.”
Some Germans Will Be Happy to See U.S. Troops Leave
Left-wing groups say the troop presence has made Germany complicit in U.S. drone wars.
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.”