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08 Jan 2019 description

U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential crises or conflicts around the world in the coming year in CFR’s annual survey.

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22 Dec 2017 description

The past year saw the ongoing historic displacement of millions from conflict and persecution, and a weak response from the world’s richest nations to address the problems.

Interview by Eleanor Albert

David Miliband, Interviewee

December 22, 2017

03 Nov 2017 description

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s impasse over the 2017 election has cast a shadow on Kenya’s future.

Expert Brief by John Campbell

29 Mar 2017 description

Interviewee: Arif Husain, Chief Economist, World Food Program
Interviewer: Claire Felter, Assistant Copy Editor/Writer

30 Aug 2011 description


Presider: Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

August 23, 2011
Council on Foreign Relations

10 Aug 2011 description

Author: Stephanie Hanson

Updated: August 10, 2011

  1. Introduction

  2. Leadership and Divisions

  3. Tactics and Motivations

  4. Links to al-Qaeda

  5. Future of the Organization

Read the full article on the site of the Council on Foreign Relations.

10 Aug 2011 description


Interviewee: Rashid Abdi, Analyst, Horn of Africa, International Crisis Group

Interviewer: Jayshree Bajoria, Senior Staff Writer

August 10, 2011

10 Aug 2011 description

Interviewee: Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health
Interviewer: Toni Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

04 Aug 2011 description

Author: Robert L. Paarlberg

August 4, 2011

Robert Paarlberg of Wellesley College writes in The Atlantic about how to avert a repeat of Somalia's 1992 famine.

In Somalia today, there are ominous parallels with 1992: pervasive fighting among rival clans, far too little rain, and an inability among international peacekeeping forces to restore order or ensure that food aid reaches those in need. Nineteen years ago, the result was the death by starvation of 300,000 Somalis. Will it happen again?

10 Dec 2010 description

Author: Michael L. Baker, International Affairs Fellow in Residence

December 10, 2010

The recent conviction in Norfolk, VA, of five Somalis on charges of piracy for their attempt to attack the frigate USS Nicholas last spring is a welcome sign that the outlook for ending piracy may be improving. Pirates are currently holding more than five hundred people hostage, and robust international maritime patrols have not eradicated the threat by themselves.

10 Mar 2010 description


Even among failed states-those countries unable to exercise authority over their territory and provide the most basic services to their people-Somalia stands apart. A country of some nine million, it has lacked a central government since the fall of Mohamed Siad Barre's regime in 1991. Poverty and insecurity are endemic.

09 May 2008 description

Author: Stephanie Hanson

Pirates hijacked a record number of ships off the Somali coast this year, fighting in Mogadishu has driven hundreds of thousands from the city, and the aid workers that supply critical food and medical supplies to displaced Somalis are now targeted by Islamic insurgents (TIME). Yet perhaps the most telling indicator of Somalia's deepening crisis is this: Not only has the country's weak transitional government failed to protect civilians, according to a new report from Amnesty International, it routinely targets them (PDF).

16 Feb 2007 description

Author: Stephanie Hanson, Copy Editor


The proliferation of UN peacekeeping operations coincides with an increase in UN-led programs to disarm and disband warring parties, as well as reintegrate ex-combatants into civilian life. "Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration," or DDR programs as they are known to practitioners, have featured in post-conflict reconstruction from Afghanistan to Haiti. But the bulk of DDR interventions-twenty-four since 1992-have occurred in Africa.

10 Jan 2007 description

Prepared by:  Eben Kaplan

The last time the U.S. military conducted operations in Somalia in 1993, eighteen soldiers died in a two-day firefight on the streets of Mogadishu. That prompted a quick pullout and a nearly decade-long aversion to U.S. military intervention. But much has changed since the 1990s, and now, under the auspices of the "global war on terror," Somalia is once again in U.S. crosshairs, evidenced Monday night in an air strike in southern Somalia (FT) which left many dead. The strike may mark the start of a more robust U.S.

05 Dec 2006 description

Prepared by: Eben Kaplan

The United States has asked the UN Security Council to consider a resolution to lift the arms embargo against Somalia and authorize a regional peacekeeping force for the failed state (AP). As it stands, the UN embargo is largely ineffective, as a recent report by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia explained. Outgoing U.S. Ambassador John Bolton told reporters the aim of the U.S.-backed resolution is to "provide some measure of stability to permit a political solution" (AllAfrica.com). But experts say a peacekeeping force would do just the opposite.

28 Oct 2005 description

World's hardest-hit