Battling Terrorism in the Horn of Africa by Robert I. Rotberg

By Robert I. Rotberg

Even if Afghanistan and Iraq are on the epicenter of America’s struggle on terror, terrorist teams threaten different elements of the area to boot. probably the most harmful is the better Horn of Africa region—Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the Sudan, in addition to Yemen, their unstable neighbor. Al Qaeda has already struck within the sector, and the area’s complicated heritage, shared poverty, terrible governance, underdevelopment, and popular resistance opposed to Western colonizers have created an tricky internet of chance for capability terrorists. during this well timed publication, Robert Rotberg and his coauthors supply authoritative perception into the fight opposed to terrorism within the Horn, reading what has been performed and what paintings continues to be. The contributors—prominent students and practitioners, together with a number of present and previous U.S. ambassadors—argue that Washington must craft a nuanced new coverage applicable to the quarter and its person international locations. They pressure that there's no replacement for better U.S. involvement in any and all boards. yet U.S. efforts on my own are inadequate to accommodate the continued threats of al Qaeda and homegrown terrorism. Seamless nearby and foreign responses also are helpful. the USA needs to advertise sturdy governance during the area by way of strengthening diplomatic knowing of the world and extending help to these nations that already play a key position in counterterrorism operations, yet who suffer from bad employment, schooling, and social companies. even as, the USA can proactively aid inner democracy in parts the place the suppression of liberties is usual. combating Terrorism within the Horn of Africa offers invaluable classes on what should be performed on the tension-filled crossroads of Africa and the Arab international. it can be crucial examining for all these fascinated with knowing and fighting foreign terrorism, in addition to people with an curiosity in African or heart japanese affairs. individuals: Robert D. Burrowes (University of Washington), Timothy Carney (former U.S. ambassador to Sudan), Johnnie Carson (former U.S. ambassador to Kenya), Dan Connell (Grassroots International), Kenneth J. Menkhaus (Davidson College), Lange Schermerhorn (former U.S. ambassador to Djibouti), and David Shinn (former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia).

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AIAI has also forsaken short-term political goals and adopted a long-term strategy to bring Islamic rule to Somalia, making the organization increasingly difficult to distinguish from nonviolent Salafists such as Tabliq. It focuses on key sectors of society—education, local judiciaries, the media, nonprofit organizations, and commerce—to build constituencies, place members, socialize Somali, and construct a power base. As an organization, AIAI has essentially disbanded, existing only as a loose network of “alumni, ” in part to attract less attention from counterterrorism surveillance.

Local contacts and supporters are invariably partisan in local disputes, and the external actor—whether an aid agency or terrorist cell—can quickly become embroiled in those disputes and be seen as choosing sides simply by making hiring, rental, and contract decisions. Once viewed as being “owned” by a particular clan, the external actor becomes a legitimate target for reprisals by rival clans. Finally, Somalia’s state of collapse and poor security have virtually emptied the country of Western embassies and other “soft targets,” making it far less interesting as an operational base than neighboring Kenya.

16 Islamism in Somaliland Islamic charities, Salafist missionary movements, and radicals all have a presence in Somaliland as well as Somalia, but their activities and influence are considerably lesser in Hargeisa than in Mogadishu. Somaliland’s stability and economic recovery provide a social context less conducive to radicalism; its government is relatively effective at monitoring radicalism within most of its borders (though less so in the town of Burao, which is the Islamist stronghold in Somaliland); strained relations with Arab Gulf States have increased the sentiment in Somaliland that Salafist Islam is an “un-Somali” form of Saudi Wahhabist cultural imperialism; and its partnership with Ethiopia and the West in the war on terror increases Somaliland’s strategic importance and is a vital element of its bid for international recognition.

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