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Somalia: Long-awaited elections see youth and women candidates pressing for change

When the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) in Somalia started receiving candidate papers for the Somali Senate elections (54 seats), hotels in the capital...
The maritime tussle between Kenya and Somalia – and what happens next

The maritime tussle between Kenya and Somalia – and what happens next

Following a maritime boundary dispute, Somalia instituted proceedings against Kenya at the International Court of Justice in August 2014. The two east African neighbours...

Somalia Must Replace Its Military and Security Chiefs

Since his election in 2017, Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” (of the Darod/Marehan clan) has increasingly politicized his security agencies. While changeovers within...
Researcher: Talks with al-Shabaab only way forward

Researcher: Talks with Al-Shabaab only way forward

Internal power struggles and external interventions have shaped Somali politics for decades. The only way to resolve the situation, according to NAI researcher Redie...
Does supporting president Farmajo represent the rise of Somali nationalism?

Does supporting president Farmajo represent the rise of Somali nationalism?

On February 6, when talks in the city of Dhusamareb, Somalia broke up without an agreement between the federal government and the states on...
Biden’s Restrictions on Drone Strikes Are about Much more Than Drones

Biden’s Restrictions on Drone Strikes Are about Much more Than Drones

The Pentagon confirmed this week that President Joe Biden has imposed new, temporary restrictions on counterterrorism drone strikes outside of active battlefields, making them...
End Trump and Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars

End Trump and Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars

On February 25, President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. military to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing twenty-two people....
What next for angry anti-government protesters in Somalia?

What next for angry anti-government protesters in Somalia?

Somali opposition candidates have accused the government of blocking last week's protests against outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo, and his administration. “The...
An Election Won’t Lift Somalis Out of Economic Despair

Poll stalemate plagues Somalia amid political bickering

As Somalia fights the coronavirus pandemic and locust invasion, as well as a humanitarian crisis in the southwestern Bakool region due to al-Qaeda-affiliated terror...

Lessons To Take Away From The Al-shabaab Attacks in Mogadishu

Since 2014, Al-shabaab has launched more than ten attacks on Mogadishu hotels. Its operatives collect intelligence on the targets before catching security forces off guard. What...