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January 30, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Repatriating Somali Refugees: A Kenyan National Security Red Herring

This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, program coordinator, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies program.  Even before the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya l…

Refugees who have been living in the outskirts of the proper camps in Hagadera load their belongings onto trucks as they choose to relocate to the newly-opened Kambioos settlement, at Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Camp, situated northeast of the capital Nairobi near the Somali border, August 29, 2011.

August 17, 2013

Egypt
Egypt by Egyptians

I’ll be disconnected most of the coming week, enjoying some downtime with my wife and daughters. With everything that is going on in Egypt, however, I’ve asked my research associate, Alex Brock, and …

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February 28, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Compatibility Issues in Somalia: Governance and Economics

This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, program coordinator, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies program.  Somalia continues to improve after a nearly a quarter ce…

A truck drives through Bakara market in Mogadishu October 5, 2013.

October 21, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Reflections on United States Counterterrorism Mistakes in Africa

Alex Vines, director of Area Studies and International Law, and head of the Africa Program at Chatham House, a London based think-tank, has written a thoughtful article for CNN. He looks at U.S. coun…

Two U.S. soldiers talk while training Malian soldiers while training in Gao, eastern Mali November 13, 2006.

March 14, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Standoff Between Nigeria’s New Defense Minister and the Chief of Defense Staff

Earlier in the week a guest blogger and I published separate posts on Nigeria’s new defense minister, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau. The two blog posts, while covering different aspects of the appointment, sa…

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December 20, 2013

Holiday Reading

There will not be much in the way of blogging while I am away with my family.  From the Potomac to the Euphrates will return when I return.  In the meantime, I’ve put together a brief list of what "T…

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March 28, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Al Shabaab, AMISOM, and the United States

This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, program coordinator, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies Program. In a recent article on the Daily Maverick, Simon Allison …

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June 18, 2014

More Books to Read This Summer

Last week, Bob McMahon, Gideon Rose, and I offered up our summer reading suggestions on The World Next Week podcast. India Adams and her colleagues on the CFR Library staff were not to be outdone. Th…

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April 25, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations: Harsh Realities and Hard Lessons

This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, program coordinator, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies Program. International peacekeeping missions in Sudan and South Su…

A barefoot girl jumps over an open drain filled with rubbish at Tomping camp in Juba, January 10, 2014

May 27, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff Responds to Critics of the Military

For many years, the Nigerian military was regarded as the most proficient in West Africa. It was commonly seen as the guardian of the nation, and was remarkably free of the ethnic and religious divis…

New Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, speaks during a handing over ceremony in Abuja January 20, 2014.