Somalia

COLUMN

Franchise Opportunity: Western Union in Somaliland

The self-declared republic's economy is based on remittances from abroad -- which are good business, too. So why is the money-transfer industry under threat?

Michela Wrong |

In Box

Puntland Is for Pirates

Why are convicted high-seas bandits being sent to the Somali region that profits from their crimes?

Jillian Keenan |

Profile

The Rise and Fall of Somalia’s Pirate King

And the reverse-Argo sting that bagged him.

James M. Bridger |

David Rothkopf

The Power Paradox

Why America can only be great by being unexceptional.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Cut-Rate Counterterrorism

Why America can no longer afford to outsource the war on al-Shabab.

Bronwyn Bruton |

The List

Analog War

How to rid Somalia of al-Shabab once and for all -- in six (not-so) easy steps.

Roger Carstens |

Investigation

'We Knew They Were Coming'

The untold story of al-Shabab's murderous attack on the U.N. in Mogadishu.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Demography Is Destiny

Why al-Shabab's Westgate massacre is just the tip of the iceberg for an Africa on the edge of dysfunction.

Howard W. French |

Argument

Twitter's Week of Reckoning

One major social media service isn't keeping up with its peers in dealing with designated terrorists.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

The Dangers of Success

Why it's not so simple to crush and kill al Qaeda affiliates.  

Daniel Byman |

Argument

Africa's Phoenix

Don't let al-Shabab fool you: Somalia is making progress. But the West needs to change its approach.

Armin Rosen |

Feature

Omar and Me

My strange, frustrating relationship with an American terrorist.

J.M. Berger |

Feature

Crazy Town

After decades of civil war, Somalia is awash in mental illness and without a single trained psychiatrist. That the folk cure for PTSD involves being locked in a room with a hyena isn't helping.

James Reinl |

Report

Soldier of Misfortune

David Bax helped save 35 aid workers in a Mogadishu firefight. So why did they turn against him?

Colum Lynch |

Report

Is the U.S. Ramping Up a Secret War in Somalia?

Islamists in East Africa were supposed to be on the run. But the raids and spy flights keep increasing.

Colum Lynch |

Terms of Engagement

From Black Hawk Down to Standing Up

Could Somalia actually be ready to throw off the failed state tag?

James Traub |

Feature

The Wild West in East Africa

What do a handful of South African mercenaries do for an encore in Somalia, once all the pirates are gone?

James Bridger |

Argument

The Safe Haven Next Door

Somaliland was once part of chaotic Somalia. Today it's a thriving oasis of peace.

Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo |

The List

The Stories You Missed

What happened around the world while the world was watching Boston.

J. Dana Stuster |

EXCERPT

Mrs. Ballarin's War

The improbable tale of a West Virginia heiress the Pentagon hired to take on Somalia's jihadists.

Mark Mazzetti |

Micah Zenko

This Is Not the Drone Debate We're Looking For

How Rand Paul and company are totally missing the point.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

What Africa Did Right in 2012

Africans are getting better at finding their own solutions to African problems.

Jon Temin |

Dispatch

The Last Stand of Somalia's Jihad

Can Kenya's invasion of Kismayo put an end to al-Shabab for good?

James Verini |

Slide Show

On the Front Line in Kismayo

Photos from the crucial Somali port city, after its liberation from the hands of al-Shabab.

Slide Show |

Micah Zenko

'A Period of Persistent Conflict'

Why the United States will never have another peacetime president.

Micah Zenko |

Profile

The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

William Lloyd-George |

In Box

The Mayor of Mogadishu

What the politician known as "Tarzan" carries as he goes about transforming the Somali capital.

Mohamed Mubarak |

Argument

Reports of al Qaeda's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The terrorist group may be headless, but its tentacles still pack a mean punch.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Argument

Somalia's Sarajevo

The strategic port city of Kismayo has now been wrested from al-Shabab. But it's still a long way from safe.

Ken Menkhaus |

Argument

The Somali Spring

Is the poster child of failed states finally getting its act together?

Ken Menkhaus |