Understanding Somali Piracy on Land and Sea

Jul 29, 2013

The root causes of piracy must be understood and addressed if progress is to be lasting. By Awet Weldemichael and Abdisalam Hassan Since its explosion in 2007, piracy has become another reason for the negative news coverage Somalia has been receiving the past two decades. However, this year...

Somali Piracy: Is Taking the Fight to Land the Solution?

Jul 25, 2013

Piracy is not just a military issue but also a social, economic and political one. By Francesco Valdiserri Years of naval counter-piracy operations have so far failed to strategically defeat Somali pirates. The presence of more warships and armed guards on civilian ships has pushed pirates...

Chagos Islanders Lose the European Court Battle but the Struggle Continues

Jan 14, 2013

By James Wan Former residents of the Chagos Islands have lost their latest legal bid for the right to return following a European ruling. What next for the islanders? Former residents of the Chagos Islands, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, have lost their latest legal bid for their...

Sexual Violence in the DRC: What Good is the Dodd-Frank Act?

Sep 10, 2012

By Carol Mann and Alphonse Maindo Legislation to regulate mining in the DRC may be a step in the right direction, but many problems remain. The pervasive militarism, prevalent sexual violence and vast mineral wealth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are linked. It was with this in...

Breaking the Drought Cycle in the Western Sahel

May 30, 2012

By Joan Nimarkoh Following another food crisis in the Western Sahel, is there hope of a new policy direction tackling the causes as well as symptoms of food insecurity? The Western Sahel region is facing its third humanitarian crisis in less than a decade and it seems that the cycle of famine...