Somalia’s big test will be how to marry the social power of the clan system with a democratic future.
The decision to redeploy in Somalia represents a renewed emphasis on the old rivalry with Russia.
The core obstacle to stability in Somalia is the lack of agreement among political, religious, and business elites on how to govern their country.
President Mohamud’s main challenge is to restore security in the capital Mogadishu and elsewhere.
Whoever wins the presidential election will inherit a host of challenges that have persistently tormented previous Somali leaders.
The recent flurry of developments is just the world catching up to the reality of Somaliland.
The political and security order which numerous foreign actors have been investing in has produced marginal benefits for the population.
Although polarising, parliament’s move to extend Farmaajo’s term has presented a practical road-map to hold direct elections for the first time since 1969.
Women’s motivations for joining terrorist networks belie Kenyan media accounts of naive girls manipulated through romantic notions of Jihadi brides or wives.
While the insurgent group rebuffs talks on the national stage, it frequently negotiates local issues with the government and other groups through senior clan elders.
In spite of a massive military effort the war against al-Shabaab has been effectively stalemated since 2016.
The death of Al-Shabaab’s leader triggered deadlier suicide bombings as the group desperately tried to demonstrate its resilience.
Declining US involvement in The Horn would leave a vacuum that others can fill.
New evidence has made possible a more accurate estimate of how many African personnel have died since the Somalia mission deployed in March 2007.
The British prime minister’s visit to Africa comes amid increased interest by China and France.
Kenya may never close Dadaab, but it has good reasons for wishing to do so
A deal brokered by Ethiopia to develop the port at Berbera will have a ripple effect across the Horn of Africa.