Author profile: David H. Shinn

Dr. David Shinn has taught African Affairs in the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University since 2001. He previously served for 37 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including as an ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. He is the co-author of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (2012) and the Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia (2013).

Neither Desperate Nor Stronger: The Adaptation of Al Shabaab

Neither Desperate Nor Stronger: The Adaptation of Al Shabaab

Despite international pressure, Al Shabaab has done a good job of avoiding defeat and adapting to new challenges throughout East Africa.

Al-Shabaab in the Aftermath of the Attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall

Al-Shabaab in the Aftermath of the Attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall

Al-Shabaab’s attack on Westgate Mall attracted global attention. However, it is unlikely to be of military or strategic benefit to the organization and it is not the way to win Somali support.

Somalia: Security, AMISOM, Governance, Al-Shabaab and the Future

Somalia: Security, AMISOM, Governance, Al-Shabaab and the Future

This is not the time for the international community to try to control Somalia. Rather, it is time for the Somali government to step up and do what good governments are expected to do.

International Efforts to Counter Al-Shabaab

International Efforts to Counter Al-Shabaab

While foreign forces in Somalia that oppose al-Shabaab can help degrade its capacity, they cannot defeat al-Shabaab any more than al-Shabaab and its foreign jihadis can defeat the forces aligned against them.

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