June 11, 2012
Al Shabaab: Where Do They Go From Here?

New from Joe McKnight for The Revealer, June 7:

Ever since Somali President Siad Barre’s government was removed from power in 1991, Somalia has lacked an effective central government. For the past 20 years the country has been sacked by myriad civil wars between competing local clans … and more recently trans-national wars, including the current one with Kenya.

The question is political: what kind of franchise should be given to al Shabaab members in the wake of their defeat? If, like Ethiopia in 2006, the Kenyans or the African Union tries to drive al Shabaab into the ground, they can expect just that: an underground “problem” in Somalia, Kenya, and potentially, throughout East Africa.

Read the full article here.

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