Regions / Somalia
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.
As Somalia's roadmap for stability encounters internal political hurdles, the upcoming British conference on Somalia might be the most realistic chance to eradicate extremism and keep the nation together.
The international community, particularly the United States, is pursuing a dual-track policy that encourages the very warlordism that is pulling Somalia apart at the seams.
Somalia is now suffering from a drought on top of its civil war. Including women in decision-making roles is part of solving both crises.
Will South Sudan, now on the verge of becoming a new country, make secession acceptable?
The autonomous section of northeast Somalia wants a better deal: for itself and for the whole country.
In what appears to be another U.S. proxy war.
Obama's decision to continue to provide military assistance to Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, and Chad is a rejection of the progressive principles Obama stood for on the 2008 campaign trail.