Wars and Warfare

Analysis Brief

Morass in Somalia Deepens

Ethiopian troops appear to have won a military victory over Somalia's Islamic Courts militias, who fled Mogadishu Thursday. Their exit leaves a power vacuum in Somalia, and the United States’ focus on counterterrorism in the Horn of Africa may hinder its ability to defuse the crisis.

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Analysis Brief

What ‘Civil War’ Means for Iraq

Escalating sectarian violence in Iraq has prompted a debate among members of the media and foreign policy community over whether the conflict qualifies as a “civil war.” The debate sets the backdrop for a bipartisan commission’s recommendations on what to do next in Iraq.

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