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15,000 Somali Refugees Who Had Planned To Resettle In The U.S. Are Stranded

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.02.2017 | World

More than two decades of civil war alongside recurring drought has compounded an already-dire food security crisis for Somalians. And as the country ...

Why China and Saudi Arabia Are Building Bases in Djibouti

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.26.2016 | World
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Joseph Braude

China and Saudi Arabia are building military bases next door to US AFRICOM in Djibouti--and bringing the consequences of American withdrawal from the ...

For Somali Refugees, A False Choice

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 09.19.2016 | World
Michel Gabaudan

Kismayo, the capital of the southern-most province of Somalia, was recovered from the Al-Shabaab terrorist organization in 2012 by Kenyan and Somali t...

How We're Fighting Conflict and Fragility Where Poverty is Deepest

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

View from cave, Mali. © Curt Carnemark/World Bank For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen bel...

Kenya: 2015 in Review

Washington Osiro | Posted 01.05.2017 | World
Washington Osiro

The year 2015 saw a Kenyan government unable to keep its citizenry safe and secure largely because of its inability to maintain a competent, well-armed, well-equipped and professional law enforcement and security apparatus.

Should Crimes Against the Environment & Animals Deserve International Prosecution?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.22.2016 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?

The UAE's High Stakes in Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Amidst the background of a violent conflict that is destroying Yemen, the UAE seeks to prove to the world that the wealthy emirates are capable of more than just spending billions of dollars to create a first-rate military with advanced weaponry.

Seduction Diplomacy

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As nationalism may seduce the masses, so may vanity have the same effect upon individual diplomats engaged in conflict resolution. While some may debate what strategic interests, conspiracies or prejudices are at play in motivating policy, too frequently it may be the egos of the personalities involved.

UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.

The Hermit in the Horn of Africa

Daniel Raphael | Posted 06.26.2016 | World
Daniel Raphael

Northeast Africa is known as one of the more volatile regions in the world. The 'failed' states of South Sudan and Somalia are relatively well known and acknowledged for their instability, yet there are a variety of other actors in the region that are rarely heard from.

Exposing Food Chain to Human Rights, via Music's Diplomats

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Hunger engulfs almost a billion of the globe's citizens but inadequate nutrition is an even broader epidemic that consumes millions of healthy lives, from the richest nations to the poorest subsistence farmers.

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

Tears of Defiance, Resilience and Courage: Through It All, Somalia Will Rise

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Hibaaq Osman

Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities.

5 Flights of Fancy I'd Rather Not: On a Wing and a Prayer On the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There are flights, many hours long, that pass in a daze as you slip into and out of somnolence, or get engrossed in a film or book. Then there are tho...

Drone Warriors

Carl Pettit | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Carl Pettit

Drones have their place, and in future wars might even become instrumental in massive assaults on enemy positions. Even so, a measured use of this technology should be the guiding rule by which a democracy abides.

Peace Must be Built in South Sudan

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Tom Purekal Catholic Relief Services (CRS) staffer Tom Purekal, who is based in Juba, reflects on the recent violence in South Sudan. This piece w...

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

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

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 on the African continent?

Marines Into Africa

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Popcorn Preview: Captain Phillips

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Captain Phillips (2013) Cast includes: Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan), Catherine Keener (Into the Wild), Barkhad Abdi Screenplay: Billy Ray (T...

Expanding the Focus From Relief to Resilience

Kristalina Georgieva | Posted 07.27.2013 | Impact
Kristalina Georgieva

Over the past year, 13.3 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia were thrown into crisis as a result of drought in the Horn of Africa, the worst in 60 years. It doesn't have to be this way.

Britain's Commitment to Somalia's Future

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Sir Peter Westmacott

When Foreign Secretary William Hague raised the Union Flag over the new offices on April 25, the UK became the first EU country to return to the Somali capital since the ruinous civil war that began in the early 1990s.

Food Distribution in the Horn of Africa Goes High-tech

Cathy Herholdt | Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact
Cathy Herholdt

As NGOs shift our response from disaster to development -- teaching pastoralists who lost their herds to farm and other forms of livelihood diversification -- there are still many hungry people to feed.

Bin Laden's Death, One Year On

Malou Innocent | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

Policymakers and prominent opinion leaders must stop conflating the punishment of al Qaeda with the creation of stable societies, particularly when waging counterinsurgency campaigns distracts from the conceptually simpler task of targeted counterterrorism measures to find and eliminate terrorist threats.

Responding Early and Building Resilience in the Sahel

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Nancy Lindborg

A year after the worst drought in 60 years sent 13.3 million people in the Horn of Africa into crisis, we are now facing a rising threat of crisis in the Sahel -- an arid belt that stretches from Senegal through Niger and Burkina Faso to Chad.

In Horn of Africa, Food Crisis Creates Shame

Chris Herlinger | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Chris Herlinger

Food crises are more and more affecting not only the rural poor, but the one-time farmers and laborers who have migrated from the countryside to urban areas seeking a better life.