Battling Terrorism in the Horn of Africa by Robert I. Rotberg

By Robert I. Rotberg

Even supposing Afghanistan and Iraq are on the epicenter of America’s conflict on terror, terrorist teams threaten different components of the realm in addition. probably the most harmful is the larger Horn of Africa region—Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the Sudan, besides Yemen, their unstable neighbor. Al Qaeda has already struck within the zone, and the area’s complicated heritage, shared poverty, negative governance, underdevelopment, and popular resistance opposed to Western colonizers have created an elaborate internet of chance for power terrorists. during this well timed e-book, Robert Rotberg and his coauthors offer authoritative perception into the fight opposed to terrorism within the Horn, interpreting what has been performed and what paintings is still. The contributors—prominent students and practitioners, together with numerous present and previous U.S. ambassadors—argue that Washington must craft a nuanced new coverage applicable to the area and its person nations. They rigidity that there's no alternative for larger U.S. involvement in any and all boards. yet U.S. efforts by myself are inadequate to house the continuing threats of al Qaeda and homegrown terrorism. Seamless neighborhood and overseas responses also are worthwhile. the USA needs to advertise reliable governance in the course of the quarter through strengthening diplomatic knowing of the world and extending aid to these nations that already play a key function in counterterrorism operations, yet who suffer from negative employment, schooling, and social providers. while, the U.S. can proactively help inner democracy in components the place the suppression of liberties is usual. combating Terrorism within the Horn of Africa offers useful classes on what should be performed on the tension-filled crossroads of Africa and the Arab international. it is crucial examining for all these desirous about knowing and fighting foreign terrorism, in addition to people with an curiosity in African or center jap affairs. members: Robert D. Burrowes (University of Washington), Timothy Carney (former U.S. ambassador to Sudan), Johnnie Carson (former U.S. ambassador to Kenya), Dan Connell (Grassroots International), Kenneth J. Menkhaus (Davidson College), Lange Schermerhorn (former U.S. ambassador to Djibouti), and David Shinn (former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia).

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Over a dozen national peace initiatives have been launched unsuccessfully over a fourteen-year period, including the sustained efforts of a large UN peacekeeping mission in 1993–1995 (UNOSOM). This lengthy period of state collapse may soon end, however, if the Transitional Federal Government— declared in October 2004 as the culmination of a two-year peace process in Kenya—succeeds in reviving the central state. Whether the TFG will succeed or fail remains to be seen. But even in a best-case scenario it will possess only modest and loose control over the country; for the next several years, Somalia will remain de facto a collapsed state.

Many of its people work or study in the Gulf States, so Somalia is in the orbit of Wahhabist preaching. A radical Islamist organization, Al Itihad Al Islamiya (AIAI), provides a potential partner for Al Qaeda. Moreover, Somalia’s extreme poverty could be expected to spawn unemployment, desperation, and resentment, and hence make the country an ideal site for recruitment into terrorist cells. Sixteen years of armed conflict and lawlessness have provided a ready corps of battle-hardened militiamen.

For all of these reasons, the terrorist threat has turned out to be somewhat less significant in Somalia than was initially feared. Using Somalia for Terrorism Nonetheless, the general concern that Al Qaeda could use Somalia in some manner is not unwarranted. From 2001 to 2003 evidence began to emerge that terrorist activities inside Somalia were in fact in a state of evolution. S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. These attacks represented a new level of involvement by Somalia in terrorism.

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