The Somali government has moved to calm diplomatic tensions following Kenya's decision to recall its ambassador to Mogadishu and instruct Somalia's ambassador to leave Nairobi. The two counties are embroiled in a dispute over their maritime territorial boundary. The area...
Fear of an impending war between Kenya and it’s neighboring country Somalia, has caused Kenya to recall its ambassador in Mogadishu and ordered Somali envoy out of the country over alleged auctioning of oil blocs belonging to Kenya. In a...
By Mehdi Hasan IN 2005, Steven Rosen, then a senior official with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, sat down for dinner with journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, then of the New Yorker. “You see this napkin?” Rosen asked Goldberg....
Lieutenant-General Vincenzo Coppola, former Deputy Commanding General of the Italian Carabinieri, visited Somalia in his capacity as the EU Civilian Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Mission Operation’s Commander (CivOpsCdr) from 10-12 February. Discussions were held with Somali authorities, international partners,...
The Roots of Somali Crisis, An Insider’s Memoir by Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess published in November 2018 presents a systematic and holistic first-hand account of the Somali crisis. Jess aims to provide insights into the events that led to Somalia becoming...
Somalia’s Joint Police Programme (JPP), a joint policing model to strengthen peace and security at national and regional levels, has received 9 million U.S. dollars from Germany to support its projects. The UN-backed JPP supports the two-tier policing structure and...
8 February 2019 marks the end of the second year of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo in office. During this period, Somalia suffered state political violence, deception, incompetence, recession, corruption; foreignpolicy disarray, lack of transparency, and deleterious egotism, which shattered the Somali social contract for reconciliation, peace, and...
A new fishing deal signed between the Somalia government and vessels tied to the China Overseas Fisheries Association raises serious questions. Some Somalis, particularly those in the fishing community, worry that their livelihoods will be gutted, while others fear...
Since the election of the new Somali President in 2017, the country’s relationship with the UAE has deteriorated steadily. The wealthy Gulf state seems determined to punish the war-torn coastal nation for refusing to take sides in its diplomatic...
A suicide car bomb exploded outside a military base for Ethiopian soldiers in southern Somalia on Saturday, leaving an unspecified number of casualties, a police official said. Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the assault and said it had...

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