Horn of Africa

Drug wars, missing money, and a phantom $500 million Pentagon watchdog calls out two commands for financial alfeasance
Even if some are admitted to the U.S. this week, many more are suffering from drought and conflict amid Trump's immigration ban.
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Kismayo, the capital of the southern-most province of Somalia, was recovered from the Al-Shabaab terrorist organization in
Conflict and fragility reverse hard-won development gains. It takes a high economic toll globally -- about $14.3 trillion
The year 2015 saw a Kenyan government unable to keep its citizenry safe and secure largely because of its inability to maintain a competent, well-armed, well-equipped and professional law enforcement and security apparatus.
Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?
Amidst the background of a violent conflict that is destroying Yemen, the UAE seeks to prove to the world that the wealthy emirates are capable of more than just spending billions of dollars to create a first-rate military with advanced weaponry.
As nationalism may seduce the masses, so may vanity have the same effect upon individual diplomats engaged in conflict resolution. While some may debate what strategic interests, conspiracies or prejudices are at play in motivating policy, too frequently it may be the egos of the personalities involved.
Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.
Northeast Africa is known as one of the more volatile regions in the world. The 'failed' states of South Sudan and Somalia are relatively well known and acknowledged for their instability, yet there are a variety of other actors in the region that are rarely heard from.
Hunger engulfs almost a billion of the globe's citizens but inadequate nutrition is an even broader epidemic that consumes millions of healthy lives, from the richest nations to the poorest subsistence farmers.
Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.
Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities.
There are flights, many hours long, that pass in a daze as you slip into and out of somnolence, or get engrossed in a film
Drones have their place, and in future wars might even become instrumental in massive assaults on enemy positions. Even so, a measured use of this technology should be the guiding rule by which a democracy abides.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) staffer Tom Purekal, who is based in Juba, reflects on the recent violence in South Sudan
News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?