It's a bit more than just "a few square blocks." But it's bad news when insurgents control the majority of the capital.
Uganda's president explains why Africa is committed to the fight in Somalia -- and why the West should be, too.
How a young Virginia man charged with supporting terrorists in Somalia became my online sparring partner -- and why he is so dangerous.
No, the U.S. military is not trying to take over Africa. Here's what we're actually doing.
How the United Nations let countries fall apart -- and how it needs to adapt if it wants to put them back together. (Originally published in the Winter 1992-1993 issue of Foreign Policy.)
Worlds apart in language, culture, and daily routine, the top failed states still share a quality of life that is at best difficult and at worst fatal for the majority of the population.
Sometimes the toughest obstacles are the naturally occurring ones.
Our trip to the world’s most failed state -- by way of Kandahar.
Somalia is the quintessential "failed state" -- and not just because it has topped Foreign Policy's Failed States Index since 2008.
The U.S. and the U.N. are doing everything but keeping the peace in Mogadishu.
It’s time to start seeing the redrawing of the continent’s colonial borders as an opportunity, not a threat.
From Darfur to Afghanistan, the U.N.’s point man on refugees says, the world’s conflicts are getting “more worrisome and more difficult to solve.”
An interview with Information Minister Dahir Gelle, as told to FP's Elizabeth Dickinson.
U.S. Africa Command was launched to controversy and has been met with skepticism ever since. Behind two years of mixed messages, a coherent mission might finally be emerging. Here's what you need to know about the world's next U.S. military hub.
The top humanitarian official for the United Nations tells FP how to do aid in a time of war. Here’s a hint: it’s not pretty.
The United States is willfully letting millions of Somalis go hungry in its drive to hunt down terrorists.
A light footprint won’t work in Afghanistan. Just look at the Horn of Africa for all the reasons why not.
The United States sent RPGs, machine guns, mortars, and -- in the words of one U.S. official -- "cash in a brown paper bag" to Somalia last spring. Foreign Policy reports on how the shipments took place, and who's not happy about it.
The disappearance of the Arctic Sea highlighted the growing problem of piracy -- and demonstrated that the world's navies can't stop the coming surge of attacks.
U.S. officials are worried about the chaos radiating from the Horn of Africa. But how concerned should we be?
A new hotbed of terror could be a domestic problem for Obama. But he shouldn't treat it like one.