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Is Somaliland One of Africa's Most Vibrant Democracies?

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 1:23 PM

This week Somalia marked its 50th anniversary of independence from colonial rule. It could not have been celebrated more differently in the north and in the south of the country.

In Mogadishu, the Transitional Federal Government used the occasion to launch a major offensive against the Al...

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War in Somalia: Protecting Somaliland's Peace Should Be a Priority

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2009 | 5:47 PM

The war in Somalia has entered a new phase. Even by Mogadishu's standards, in recent days the fighting has been intense. More than 100 people have been killed. The al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab and the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), supported by the international community, are engaged in a violent power...

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The Perils of Intervening in Somalia

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 5:47 PM

The current attention on Somalia's pirates and the reports of youth from Minnesota traveling to Somalia to fight in the jihad forces us to focus on a country that the US often ignores. The challenge is that no one really knows what to do to help foster peace or...

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How to Effectively Manage a Crisis but Still Miss the Point

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2009 | 12:25 PM

Co-authored with Iginio Gagliardone

Even for George Bush's careless reaction to Hurricane Katrina, it would have been hard to imagine him telling the thousands of victims made homeless "it's like a weekend of camping." But that was what Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi said on the German television, NTV, about the...

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Somalia's Online Identity Crisis

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2009 | 3:23 PM

Finding Somalia's government on the web can be confusing. There is no .so domain. claims to be the "Official Federal Government Website for Somalia" but if you have been following developments in Somalia you will soon realize that the president and prime minister are no longer in power....

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