The World This Week: Romeo Kisses Juliet

Apr 03, 2015

The multilateral deal the world’s great powers have cut with Iran is wise, courageous and the right thing to do. In a week blighted by tragedy and violence, there were two remarkably positive developments. First, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany concluded a...

Al-Shabab: A Revenue Rebirth?

Aug 15, 2014

Al-Shabab’s economic strategy is dipping into new wealth, making the group ever more dangerous. By late 2008, it was estimated that al-Shabab controlled most of south-central Somalia. Although it took years of putting forces together and placing footholds in the country, the international...

Somalia’s War: The Al-Shabab Threat

Aug 13, 2014

Al-Shabab is no longer dominated by young nationalists, and its objectives have become blurred. Background Al-Shabab, a Somali militia, originated as a radical Islamist movement seeking to create a “Greater Somalia.” In 2006, it became a militant wing of Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union...

Ethiopia in Somalia: What Next for Al-Shabab?

Jul 18, 2014

The high-water mark for al-Shabab’s popularity in Somalia has passed, amid the presence of Ethiopian forces.   After the September 2013 siege at Westgate Shopping Complex in Nairobi — a brazen operation that saw four terrorists kill at least 67 civilians — international attention...