How Does A Country Become A Country? An Expert Explains

image-20160809-11006-1wg45ksBy Rebecca Richards

Lecturer in International Relations, Keele University

Within the space of a week this autumn, the people of Catalonia and Kurdistan will be asked if they want to live in an independent country. If these two referendums result in declarations of independence, what happens next? Continue reading “How Does A Country Become A Country? An Expert Explains”

As The U.S. Gets More Involved In Somalia, Beware These Three Fallacies

​By Michael F. Harsch, Maximilian M. Meduna and Teresa Krug

The United States is getting more involved in Somalia, the nation in the Horn of Africa that has been wrestling with violent conflict and political instability for nearly three decades. Continue reading “As The U.S. Gets More Involved In Somalia, Beware These Three Fallacies”

Archaeologists Unearth Forgotten Islamic Ancient City In Ethiopia

British archaeologists in Ethiopia have uncovered a forgotten city dating as far back as 10th century AD that was once believed to be the home of giants.  Continue reading “Archaeologists Unearth Forgotten Islamic Ancient City In Ethiopia”

Settlement, Soft Coup, Realignment, Or Regional War: Four Scenarios For Qatar Crisis

The Russian International Affairs Council, a powerful Moscow-based think tank, estimates that there are four scenarios for resolving the ongoing diplomatic conflict between Qatar and other Arab and Muslim states. Continue reading “Settlement, Soft Coup, Realignment, Or Regional War: Four Scenarios For Qatar Crisis”

Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIC)

By Andrew Korybko (USA)
The final part of the Hybrid War research on the Horn of Africa region delves into the four most possible scenarios in which the region’s entire stability can be disrupted. Continue reading “Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIC)”

Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIB)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)
The first part of the research on the Horn of Africa described the regional state-to-state political dynamics, and now it’s time to delve into each country more in depth in order to acquire a heightened sense of their strategic positions. Continue reading “Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIB)”

Intelligence And The Presidency: How To Get It Right

The importance of the intelligence community’s relationship with the president himself cannot be overstated. Continue reading “Intelligence And The Presidency: How To Get It Right”

The London Conference And Prospects For Peace And Stability In Somalia

The 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia will discuss boosting humanitarian aid and security reforms that will increase the army’s numbers to 18,000. But the government must tackle corruption and restart national reconciliation if it wants to build effectively on recent progress toward ending the 25-year conflict. Continue reading “The London Conference And Prospects For Peace And Stability In Somalia”

Instruments Of Pain (III): Conflict And Famine In Somalia

Chronic conflict is preventing effective response to Somalia’s prolonged drought and humanitarian crisis. This special briefing, the third in a series of four examining the famine threats there and in Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria, urges Somalia to improve governance and promote countrywide clan reconciliation to end the war. Continue reading “Instruments Of Pain (III): Conflict And Famine In Somalia”

Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire: The African Miracle You’ve Never Heard About

Somaliland – This small country, tucked in the northwestern corner of the Horn of Africa, is a template for what is achievable on the continent. Continue reading “Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire: The African Miracle You’ve Never Heard About”

New Book Offers Look At World’s Unnoticed Countries

What makes a country? What’s to stop you from planting a flag in your own front yard and declaring your home a sovereign nation? Continue reading “New Book Offers Look At World’s Unnoticed Countries”

Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIA)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)
Please read Introduction, Part IA and IB before this chapter. Continue reading “Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIA)”

Hybrid Wars 8. Strategies Against Africa (IB)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)
Please read Introduction and Part IA before this chapter. Continue reading “Hybrid Wars 8. Strategies Against Africa (IB)”

Hybrid Wars 8. Strategies Against Africa (IA)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)
The introductory text prefaced the general concepts that the author will be extrapolating on further in the research, and now that the basics of the overall analytical foundation and the contours of the reference map are out of the way, Continue reading “Hybrid Wars 8. Strategies Against Africa (IA)”

Firm Behavior In Fragile States: The Cases Of Somaliland, South Sudan, And Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo

This report, based on field research, documents which features of business work in fragile areas and how businesses operate in regard to strategy, contract enforcement, and other aspects of firm behavior. Continue reading “Firm Behavior In Fragile States: The Cases Of Somaliland, South Sudan, And Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo”

America Is Expanding Its Secretive War In Somalia

New policies give troops on the ground – whoever they might be – more authority to call in fire support amid a growing commitment. Continue reading “America Is Expanding Its Secretive War In Somalia”

Strengthening Accountability In Somaliland: Parliament’s Role And Prospects For Reform

Overview

Repeated delays and extensions to parliamentary, local and presidential elections in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland signal a stalling in its democratic trajectory. Continue reading “Strengthening Accountability In Somaliland: Parliament’s Role And Prospects For Reform”

Hybrid Wars 8. Strategies Against Africa (IA)

By Andrew Korybko (USA)
The introductory text prefaced the general concepts that the author will be extrapolating on further in the research, Continue reading “Hybrid Wars 8. Strategies Against Africa (IA)”

Hybrid Wars 8. Strategies Against Africa – Introduction

By Andrew Korybko (USA)
The most colonized and exploited continent in the history of the world is once more the center of global competition, Continue reading “Hybrid Wars 8. Strategies Against Africa – Introduction”