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Meles Will be Much Missed

Meles Zenawi, the late prime minister of Ethiopia, will be much missed as his ever expanding nation (now 85 million heading in thirty years to 120 million) faces a future laced with equal measures of promise and unnerving uncertainty. Meles was among the smartest of sub-Saharan Africa’s autocratic, mildly autocratic, and democratic leaders. Unlike so … Continue reading

Putting Somalia into an AU Trusteeship is the Only Option

WHEN THE heavy rains let up, Kenyan soldiers will be able to continue their advance on Kismayo, Ethiopian troops will take Baidoa, and Ugandan and Burundian peacekeepers may be able to completely clear Somalia’s capital Mogadishu of al-Shabaab militants. Al-Shabaab rebels have been in control of large swathes of southern Somalia but reports from the … Continue reading

Ousting Al-Shabaab in Somalia

JUST AS Julius Nyerere’s Tanzania intervened in 1979 in Uganda when Idi Amin sent troops across their mutual border, so 4,000 Kenyan soldiers and naval ships are intervening across its border with Somalia, pushing back and conceivably reducing the hold of al-Shabaab between Ras Kamboni – already secured – and Mogadishu. In mid-week, Kenyan troops … Continue reading

Preventing Piracy Begins on Land

THE TRAGIC deaths of four American yachters at the hands of Somali pirates should reinvigorate the world’s attempt to quench piracy off the shores of East Africa. Fortunately, tried and true methods for thwarting pirates are available, despite the vast 2.5 million-square-mile Indian Ocean basin across which the intrepid pirates act and allied naval vessels … Continue reading