On her African tour, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to expand American support for Somalia's weak interim government as it struggles against Islamic extremists. Emira Woods of the Institute for Policy Studies discusses Clinton's agenda in Africa and U.S. goals in Somalia.
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Police arrested four Australian citizens of Somali and Lebanese descent in connection with a plot to blow up a large army base outside Sydney. In Somalia, pirates have released a German container ship and its crew. Sarjoh Bah of New York University discusses the conditions in Somalia that have allowed pirates and terrorists to thrive.
Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explores failed states -- countries without stability, a functioning government or rule of law. Pauline Baker, Christopher Boucek and Georgette Gagnon join the conversation. Listen now.
In a sign that efforts to root out militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan may be making headway, American officials say members of al-Qaeda are beginning to flee the region, heading for places like Somalia and Yemen. David Sanger of the New York Times discusses how these al-Qaeda members might be caught.
The Somali government has requested help from foreign troops to stabilize the nation, and declared a state of emergency following weeks of intense fighting between Islamic militants and pro-government forces. David Shinn, a former ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, joins Worldfocus to discuss the escalating crisis in Somalia.
Somalia's president has declared a state of emergency following weeks of intense fighting, and the government has requested foreign troops from neighboring countries to help stabilize the troubled nation. A Worldfocus contributing blogger describes how Somalia's neighbors have reacted to the request for intervention.
Somaliland, the break-away region of northern Somalia, has remained a fairly stable and peaceful state -- but has gone unrecognized by the international community. The Pulitzer Center's Tristan McConnell discusses why.
Here’s a different take on the issue of piracy off the African coast: the people we call pirates think that they are the ones under attack? It reminds Peter Eisner of the old saying: One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.
About 5,000 people flee fighting in Somalia and make their way to Kenyan refugee camps each month, where conditions are bad enough that some consider returning to their violent homeland. Joke van Peteghem, head of Doctors Without Borders in Kenya, describes the conditions of the camps.