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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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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Central Mali gripped by jihad, revolt, and self-defense

Yvan Guichaoua, University of Kent and Dougoukolo Alpha Oumar Ba-Konaré, Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales As the conflict in northern Mali endures, another hot spot south of the Niger river is attracting increasing attention. It involves two main areas in the centre of the country: the Macina heartland (Fulani historical-political region, between Mopti …

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Has Al Shabaab been weakened for good?

Stig Jarle Hansen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences Several analysts have highlighted the supposed weakening of Al Shabaab, the violent Somali Islamist militant group. The Somali foreign minister Abdisalam Hadliyeh Omer claimed recently for example that the Al-Qaeda allied terrorist outfit controls less than 10% of Somali territories. Omer could also point to Mogadishu’s hosting …

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Technology for peace: Facts and figures

By Giorgia Scaturro Giorgia Scaturro examines how phones, drones, satellites and computer games help spot and prevent conflict. Technology has shaped modern warfare for decades. But it can be used to counteract conflicts as much as to ignite them. And this is reflected in recent trends in conflict and peace. According to the Global peace …

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