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  • INFOGRAPHIC: Obama Foreign Policy Strewn with "Bumps in the Road"

    In an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, President Obama referred to the problematic relations with Middle Eastern governments as “bumps in the road.” These “bumps” (failures, in reality) are the result of a policy based on profound naiveté and shortsightedness. When he came to office, President Obama attempted to … More

    Mali: Putting Libya in Perspective

    The murder of America’s ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three U.S. diplomats shines a gruesome light on the region’s power vacuum and the attempt by Islamist militants to exploit it. Following the fall of the Muammar Qadhafi regime last year, well-armed Tuareg rebels, who were once loyal to the … More

    Somalia: New President, Same Challenges

    Yesterday, Somalia’s newly appointed parliament voted Hassan Sheikh Mohamud into office as the country’s new president. A political amateur and academic from central Somalia, Mohamud is considered to be a moderate. As such, he contrasts greatly with the former president of the Transitional Federal Government, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Mohammed. A … More

    South African Government Using Mining Industry as a Scapegoat for Shootings

    The South African government has responded poorly to the shootings at the Lonmin mines. Instead of considering its own regulatory policies and the burdensome influence of unions, the government has blamed the mining industry for the tragedy. Last month, workers at the Lonmin mine went on strike, demanding higher wages … More

    A Somali Maritime Force? Think Again

    Earlier this week, Somalia’s prime minister and presidential hopeful Abdiweli Mohamed Ali announced that his government seeks to establish a marine task force to stop “foreign countries and companies from taking Somalia’s resources illegitimately.” Ali is getting ahead of himself. Instead of looking to expand the government’s use of force, … More

    Syrian Crisis Emboldens Kurds, Is Problematic for Turkey

    Turkish fears of an emboldened Kurdish population in Syria are rising. Since the Syrian uprising began in February 2011, Syria’s Kurdish population has taken advantage of the power vacuum in the country’s north and sought to expand its influence. Since last summer, the Syrian government’s mass killing of civilians has … More

    State Department Still Balking on Calling Out Terrorists in Nigeria

    There is some confusion in Foggy Bottom as to how the United States ought to define Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group based in northern Nigeria. Last week, Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calling Boko Haram a “terrorist organization.” Yet … More

    Syria Crisis: Turkey Invokes Article 4 of NATO Charter

    Last weekend, hostilities between Turkey and Syria escalated after a Syrian anti-aircraft gun struck down a Turkish F-4 Phantom jet that was allegedly flying in international airspace. It has also been reported that Syria also fired on a Turkish search-and-rescue plane, but it is unclear if any damage was inflicted. … More

    Somalia: Terrorism Is a Symptom of State Failure

    The African Union’s mission to Somalia (AMISOM) is having marginal success in pushing the terrorist organization al-Shabaab out of its occupied territory. Al-Shabaab militants have retreated from strongholds in Baidoa, Afmadow, Afgoye, and the crucial port city of Kismayo. African military leaders are confident that their thankless task of defending … More

    Turkey Seeks to Set an Example in Somalia

    Without a government for over two decades, Somalia is the model of a failed state. It is torn apart by civil war and plagued by terrorism, among numerous maladies, and there are few countries willing send government personnel to Somalia. Yet, last November, Turkey reopened its embassy there and is … More