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How Shabaab Is Losing The Battle, But Maybe Winning The War

How Shabaab Is Losing The Battle, But Maybe Winning The War

Listen Analysis by Abdirahman Aynte The Somali militant group al-Shabaab is currently losing ferocious battles against Kenyan troops in Southern Somalia –  part of an African Union peacekeeping mission. However, they are winning a strategic war back in Kenya; this is the battle for hearts and minds. On Sunday, a blast likely carried out by […]

Somalia: Appointment Of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Signals Change And Challenges

Somalia: Appointment Of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Signals Change And Challenges

Listen On Monday, Somalia lived up to its track record for never re-electing an incumbent leader. President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed lost to a political newcomer, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, in a landslide victory that represented a stinging condemnation of the status quo, and an unequivocal vote for change. The 275-member parliament, which also voted out a […]

Somalia: Presidential Elections – Six Ways to Win Power

Somalia: Presidential Elections – Six Ways to Win Power

Listen Analysis by Abdi Aynte After 12 years of feeble transitional governments, Somalia is slated to have a permanent administration that theoretically will be able to borrow money from the World Bank, sign binding bilateral treaties and buy weapons from the world markets – some of the many things transitional governments were unable to do. […]

Negotiating an End to Somalia’s War with al Shabaab

Listen In August 2011, after three years of fighting, forces backing the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) took control of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Although this was a welcome development, it was a short-term tactical gain. The strategy that the government and international community are now employing to stabilize Somalia neglects reconciliation with the […]