Qatar’s conflict with its neighbors affects the Horn of Africa

Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study It began as a squabble between Arab allies, but the standoff between Qatar and its neighbors is threatening to engulf the Horn of Africa. When Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives declared at the beginning of June that they were severing diplomatic relations …

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A solution to Somali piracy is in sight

Stephanie Carver, Monash University The recent hijacking of an oil tanker by alleged Somali pirates raises a number of important questions. The MT Aris 13 was the first commercial vessel to be hijacked since 2012. For the international community, the question is whether this represents a new spectre of piracy on the horizon. The attack …

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Interview with Africa subcommittee member Tom Garrett

U.S. Representative Tom Garrett was elected last November from the Fifth Congressional District of Virginia, and the freshman was assigned seats on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and its subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. Garrett, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Balkans in the 1990s, has a …

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Somali sea hijacking is a warning signal

Christian Bueger, Cardiff University and Robert McCabe, Cardiff University The hijacking of an oil tanker on its way to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, has sparked international attention. For almost five years nothing was heard from the Somali pirates. International naval patrols as well as self-defence measures and armed security guards on ships had, it seemed, solved …

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Should the Somali president open talks with Al-Shabaab?

Fatuma Ahmed Ali, United States International University A political settlement between the Federal Government of Somalia and terror group Al-Shabaab has eluded both parties for years. Now newly elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo has indicated that he would be open to talks with the militants. But he also made it clear that if …

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