Africa

Puntland Is for Pirates

Puntland Is for Pirates

March 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm

FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE 03/20/14 By Jillian Keenan Why are convicted high-seas bandits being sent to the Somali region that profits from their crimes? HARGEISA, Somalia — Mowlid Ahmed Abidoon stands quietly in the small prison cell where he has lived for nearly two years. Slot windows on one wall let […]

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Defense Department in Somalia

Defense Department in Somalia

January 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

CDN 01/13/14 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, January 13, 2014 — As the U.S. Department of Defense announced last week that American soldiers are re-entering Somalia after 20-plus years avoiding the country, the need for new solutions to this crisis is critical. The answer to the rebel group al-Shabaab’s growth in […]

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Somalia Needs a War on Poverty

Somalia Needs a War on Poverty

January 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 01/13/14 By Michael Shank That the Pentagon admitted, this month, to sending its military back into Somalia after a 20 year absence of explicit involvement (never mind the extensive covert operations in the country), should trouble anyone who cares about security on the Horn of […]

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U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon’s Unlearned Lessons

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon’s Unlearned Lessons

January 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 01/11/14 By Michael Shank News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures […]

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U.S. Must Act Now Over Central African Republic

U.S. Must Act Now Over Central African Republic

November 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

CNN 11/22/13 By Michael Shank and Madeline Rose Editor’s note: Michael Shank is director of foreign policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Madeline Rose is legislative associate for foreign policy at FCNL. The views expressed are their own. Despite dire warnings of anarchy, mass violence, and potential genocide, […]

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Report: Food Insecurity Rising as Crop Production Falls

Report: Food Insecurity Rising as Crop Production Falls

November 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/03/13 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, November 3, 2013 — America’s food security is at immediate risk, according to a report leaked this month by the New York Times. Americans should expect crop production to fall by as much as 2 percent each decade for the rest of the […]

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With Raids, Obama Renews Limited Force Doctrine

With Raids, Obama Renews Limited Force Doctrine

October 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

AFP 10/07/13 WASHINGTON (AFP) – By ordering risky raids against Islamic extremists in Somalia and Libya, US President Barack Obama has shown a renewed readiness to use force while trying to keep the scope limited. The twin commando operations in the lawless African states came even while the US government […]

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Kerry Says US raid in Libya was ‘Legal’, Vows Such Operations Will Go On

Kerry Says US raid in Libya was ‘Legal’, Vows Such Operations Will Go On

October 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

RT 10/07/13 Secretary of State John Kerry has justified the capture by US forces of a terrorism suspect in Tripoli as ‘legal and appropriate’. He thus responded to Libya governments’ demand for explanations over what happened. Kerry has reacted to the ‘kidnapping’ complaint from the Libyan government by recommending it […]

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Americans Have Had Enough Conflict

Americans Have Had Enough Conflict

September 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

CNN 09/27/13 By Michael Shank, Matt Hoh and Danny L. Davis Editor’s note: Matthew Hoh served with the U.S. Marines in Iraq and on State Department teams in Afghanistan and Iraq and is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy. Michael Shank is director of foreign policy at […]

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7 Ways Obama’s U.N. Speech Revealed His Inconsistent Foreign Policy

7 Ways Obama’s U.N. Speech Revealed His Inconsistent Foreign Policy

September 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/24/13 By Michael Shank President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly today deserves some fact checking. There were multiple assertions that skewed reality and are worth debunking as a result. First, Obama questioned “whether the United Nations can meet the tests of […]

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