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.