Regions / Somalia
The U.S. recognition of Somalia as a sovereign and equal partner entails new responsibilities for both parties.
Only a policy of sustained affirmative action can address ingrained gender imbalances in Somalia.
For the first time in years, Somalis are enjoying a renewed sense of hope and optimism
Though still deadly, Somali pirates have become business-like.
The government in Somalia has reportedly not been accountable with the foreign aid it has received, with much money arriving in powerful individuals' pockets and not the general population.
Tom Engelhardt reports on the institutionalization of targeting suspected "terrorists" through drone warfare and how this act has evolved under Obama's presidency.
Civilians killed in drone attacks are sometimes classified as militants.
Vivid memories of "Black Hawk Down" mean attacks will be confined to air strikes.
If Somalia is to become a politically stable, economically viable, and peaceful nation that can compete with other African countries, clan-dominated federal states must be made a thing of the past.
The international community should accept that a centralized state structure cannot be reconstituted within the borders of what used to be Somalia.