This week featured ferocious clashes in Mogadishu between Somalia’s fledgling federal government and Al Shabab, an Islamist militia with ties to Al Qaeda. Al Shabab… Read More »Increased US engagement in Somalia – it’s a trap!
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Understanding Somalia always requires some triangulation. Recent events are more than a little baffling, at least at first glance. At second glance, they make a… Read More »Consensus on Somalia: it’s going to get worse
It’s been a nice change of pace to hear stories about Somalia leading newscasts the last couple of days. The audacious hijack of a massive… Read More »Piracy – a great excuse to write about Somalia
Aden Hashi Ayro, one of the leaders of the al-Shabab insurgency in Somalia, was killed last night in a US airstrike. Seems like a) a… Read More »How to tell the story of the strike against Al-Shabab in Somalia?
There’s fierce competition for the title of the “worst crisis in Africa”. Most Africa-watchers will list Darfur, eastern Chad, northern Uganda, eastern DRC, noting in… Read More »Steve Bloomfield breaks new ground in Somalia reporting
The situation in Somalia is spiraling out of control, and, as always, it requires some serious digging to understand what’s actually going on. Sheikh Qasim… Read More »Somalia spirals out of control. Or it’s completely peaceful. Depends who you ask.