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

By   /  November 22, 2012  /  Columnists, East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

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 […]

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

By   /  September 11, 2012  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

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 […]

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Somalia: Presidential Elections – Six Ways to Win Power

By   /  July 3, 2012  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

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. […]

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Negotiating an End to Somalia’s War with al Shabaab

By   /  February 26, 2012  /  Columnists, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

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 […]

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