September 10, 2009

Can Obama Save Somalia

A. Noyes and R. Bennet, Christian Science Monitor

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Somalia's president, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, in August and promised expanded US support for the war-torn country's struggling Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Her meeting with Mr. Ahmed – a first for such a high-ranking US official – signals the importance of Somalia to President Obama's Africa policy. Regrettably, the current US approach may make things worse.

Despite 14 attempts to form a functioning government since 1991, Somalia remains the quintessential failed state. Its potential to serve as a haven for international terrorists and as a launching pad for piracy in the Gulf of Aden are but two reasons a stable Somalia remains a...

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TAGGED: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, United States, Somalia, war-torn country's struggling Transitional Federal Government, Transitional Federal Government, President , Secretary of State

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