Cry Havoc! Why the West Needs to Let Slip the Dogs of War in Africa

cc Flickr US Army Africa, modified, East African soldiers from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Sudan practice counter-IED movement during training March 30, 2011. Photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May, CJTF-HOA Public Affairs Office

Could mercenaries help to unwind the growing nexus of terrorism and criminality in Africa?

America’s Chinese Headache in the Horn of Africa

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US economic and political influence is waning in the Horn of Africa, and that’s bad news for civil society there.

Trump Had No Choice but to Lift Chad’s Travel Ban

Africom's 2018 Flintlock Joint Exercises, cc USAFRICOM Flickr, modified,

The ban never had a firm policy justification, and its demise will only help the security outlook in the Sahel region.

Al-Shabaab: A Complex and Resilient Threat


Military responses to the al-Shabaab Garissa attacks in Kenya are doomed to fail.

Backgrounder: Mali Conflict

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Since early 2012, a violent conflict has been brewing in Mali, one that has forced the international community to consider whether or not this North African country is another Afghanistan in the making.

Oil, Guns, and Military Bases: The US in Africa

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Examining the long-term strategic ramifications of America’s military presence in Africa.

Has Somalia Reached a Turning Point?

Interview of Somali President

There are plenty of positive signs on both the military and political front indicating that Somalia is about to turn a corner after two decades of instability and conflict.

The Libya Endgame

Libya outcomes post-Gadhafi

With the rebel net tightening around a besieged Tripoli, it won’t be long before the NATO-rebel campaign to oust Colonel Gaddafi comes to a close. Now, the next battle for Libya can begin.

OPINION: Getting US Foreign Policy Right

US foreign policy and reluctance towards intervention

Political sentiment in the United States seems to be turning against the interventions and nation-building projects that have characterized US foreign policy in recent years. The revulsion at the cost and size of government, including the cost of expensive wars in the Middle East, has been amply demonstrated during the debt ceiling drama of recent weeks.

The UN Gambit

Libyan army fire anti-aircraft rounds during air strikes by coalition forces in Tripoli

Resolution 1973, the UN Security Council resolution that implemented a no-fly zone over Libya, has been passed against the backdrop of a complex web of interests.

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