Crime Pays, and piracy pays very well these days. Piracy is by far not a new issue. In the first few years of the 19th century the United States had to send Marines to the shores of Tripoli to combat an enduring piracy problem. However, the last few years the world has been seeing a drastic increase in piracy off the East African coast. In increase to such an extent it has brought global adversaries together to combat the threat. Since 2007, the number of successful pirate attacks has increased nearly fourfold. There were a total of 293 pirate attacks worldwide in 2008, of which 38% occurred within the Gulf of Aden or off the coast of Somalia (Leader). Read More
The 21st Century has shown that the Core; connected countries that are predominantly stable and progressive with regards to security, governance & development are affected by what happens in the Non-Integrating Gap (or just Gap); countries that are disconnected, unstable, and not progressive with governance, security & development.[i][ii] Historically the transaction has been unidirectional, though with this evolution the Core was forced to change their methods of engagement with Gap regions. This evolution in foreign affairs is the new paradigm for engagement. Reviewing Yemen and Somalia as extreme examples will provide evidence of the new paradigm and its successes. Read More
Piracy off the coast of Somalia splashed onto the global stage in 2009 at near epidemic levels. The impact of Somali piracy affected the entire global community as shipping costs soared costing the global community as much as $18 Billion.[i] The wave of piracy attacks however was short lived due to a quick and comprehensive response by the international community to counter piracy and its causes. The world’s response to Somalia continues today and is a reversal of 20 years of alienation prior; that made possible Somalia’s de-evolution into a failed state that the world ignored and feared simultaneously. The success countering the three-year piracy epidemic however shadows the success of piracy for Somalia by demanding attention and assistance for a withering nation – in effect: piracy saved Somalia. Read More
If you attended or watched online (as I did) the USIP event this week in DC you would have seen that the US is to appoint an ambassador to Somalia for the first time in in 20 years. The ambassador will be based out of Nairobi for the time being. This is excellent news and is a sign of a new Somalia to come.
“This attack is just the beginning; it’s merely the preliminary response and what will soon follow — should you refuse to desist — will be far worse,” it warned, calling on Djibouti to “pull your apostate troops out of Somalia immediately and expel all the Crusaders”.
These are some great images and even a brief video to add to it. Two points: 1) Why is it the short guy always carries the biggest gun? 2) Thank you Italian Colonizers for bringing espresso to Somalia.
This is a terrible situation with Somali IDPs. It also is a reminder that all the aid in the world is useless without security. When people refuse “a military solution” they fail to recognize that it takes security to protect the aid workers and the aid receivers. Without security it is a lost cause.
“Ethiopia would continue to support infrastructure development in Somalia. Moreover, he said, the country will further boost its overall assistance to help Somalia build a sustainable administration system, adding that his government is backing efforts that aim to bring about reconciliation between the Somali government and militant groups in the Horn of Africa country.”
“The AU peacekeeping force AMISOM, working with European military trainers, is taking on the difficult but crucial task of building the capacity of the Somali National Army – the SNA – a force of about 20,000 soldiers desperately lacking in equipment and leadership.”