Tag Archives: Somalia

After Westgate, assessing a terrorist group’s “strength,” “weakness,” and strategy

One of the principal analytical errors committed by journalists and “experts” in international affairs is to hastily transform a singular data point into a “trend.” A case in point: after the recent, horrible terrorist attacks at the Westgate Shopping Center … Continue reading

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Somalia: Can President Mahmoud get over his early term blues? (guest post)

The following is a guest post from Faiza, a Somali political affairs analyst. It has been a rough few months for Somalia…but this time the last few months have been ironically bittersweet. Somalis can say for the first time in over … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: What you missed while watching the “Boston manhunt”

It has certainly been a harrowing week, especially for current residents of the Boston area—including myself. As far as we know now, the Boston Marathon bombers were Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers born in Kyrgyzstan with family in … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Que Tirah Tirah, renewed fighting in Darfur, and a military shakeup in Yemen

South Asia Pakistan: In perhaps the largest military offensive since Swat in 2009 and South Waziristan in 2010, Pakistani armed forces are attempting to dislodge Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) and Laskhar-e-Islam fighters from the Tirah Valley (map here). (Hence the pun in … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 2 (Sub-Saharan Africa)

We’re now two weeks into the most exciting three weeks of the year—NCAA college basketball’s final tournament. For those of you who might not know: each year, 68 college teams (annoyingly bumped up from 65 a few years ago) compete … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Jihadist sanctuary in Mali, Somali arms embargo, and Malaysian vigilance

West Africa Mali: French and Chadian forces pushed deeper into the heart of enemy territory in Mali—the remote Adrar des Ifoghas mountains. Here they uncovered a considerable weapons cache (in the Ametetai valley), killed a handful of militants, and captured … Continue reading

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