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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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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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Tackling the Most Grave and Serious Global Security Threats

Tackling the Most Grave and Serious Global Security Threats

December 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm

AL JAZEERA 12/16/13 By Michael Shank The foreign policy docket of President Barack Obama’s second term seems to be giving short shrift to the security threats of the next four years. This is not merely because the US intelligence and defence agencies continue to be wracked with scandal, thanks to […]

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Understanding Political Islam in Somalia

Understanding Political Islam in Somalia

March 5, 2007 at 10:41 pm

CONTEMPORARY ISLAM No. 11562, March 07 By Michael Shank Preface By the time this article is published, much will have transpired in recent months within Somalia. Between December 2006 and January 2007, the Ethiopian and United States governments invaded Somalia by land and air, respectively, ousting the ruling Union of […]

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