War in Chinese Boxes: Al-Shabaab against ISIS in Somalia

SOMALIA, Mogadishu: In a handout photograph dated 30 April and released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team 01 Mayl, a Ugandan soldier of 341 Battalion serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) holds a rocket-propelled grenade at sunrise on the frontline near the main road on the northern edge of Maslah Town, the northern city limit of the Somali capital Mogadishu. AMISOM troops, now numbering 11,400 out of a mandated total of 17,731, supporting forces of the Transitional Federal Government have driven the Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group Al Shabaab out of the Somali capital where life is returning to the seaside city after years of conflict and Somalis are enjoying the longest period of relative peace not experienced since 1991. AU-UN IST PHOTO /STUART PRICE. AMISOM2, cc Flickr AMISOM Public Information, modified,

Exploring the lesser-known, other face of the Somali conflict.

UN Sounds Alarm over Somalia Drought

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Famine, Al-Shabaab Threaten Progress in Somalia

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A famine is threatening a delicate sense of hope in one of Africa’s most dysfunctional states.

Al-Shabaab: A Complex and Resilient Threat


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

Al-Shabab: The Next Terrorism Brand

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The Westgate shopping mall attack brought into lurid and tragic detail what African security experts have known all along: Al-Shabab is still a serious security threat to Horn of Africa countries and beyond.

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.

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.

Islamic Fundamentalism in Africa

African Soldiers March

The proliferation of Islamic fundamentalist groups across Africa represents the latest iteration of the War on Terror.

Engaging Non-State Armed Groups

Non-State Fighters

The US State Department wants to open channels to non-state actors, but its policy at the practical level is still muddled.

Yemen: The Next Void

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s recent statement that he ‘rejects power’ and will step down in the coming days has become somewhat of a common refrain in recent months.

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