Somalia: How to intervene the right way

Somalia’s lack of a central government in two decades, extremists movements connected to al-Qaeda, rampant piracy and now a devastating famine all means it’s “the perfect storm of failed states,” says John Norris, executive director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress.

While Somalia certainly hasn’t helped its own condition, says Norris, the international community has repeatedly failed the country with sustained half commitment, but there are still several things that can be done.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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