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 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.
Somalia is a state governed only by anarchy. A graveyard of
foreign-policy failures, it has known just six months of peace in the
past two decades. Now, as the country's endless chaos threatens to
engulf an entire region, the world again simply watches it burn.