Published June 4 2018 by The New Arab

Whether you believe US foreign policy under Trump exemplifies an “emergent strategy model”, in which the Trump administration is learning on its feet, or, as Occam’s Razor would suggest, that luck has so far prevented catastrophe, one clear trend has emerged; US opposition to Iran has drawn Israel and Saudi Arabia deeper into one another’s orbit, with US policymakers tending to invoke national security over humanitarian concerns in their approach to the region.

Relations within the trifecta have solidified through renewed cooperative military aid agreements and new weapons contracts. In recent months…


Published March 7, 2018 by Africa’s a Country

Christine Lagarde at the World Economic Forum in 2013. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

This past January’s World Economic Forum — the annual shindig of the world’s super rich and their acolytes — garnered attention for being co-chaired entirely by women for the first time in its forty-seven year history. The organizers obviously hoped this would begin to address gender inequality at a conference where women comprised only twenty-one percent of attendees. …


Published March 19, 2018 by The New Arab

Berbera Port manager, Ali Omer in Somaliland, the autonomous region of Somalia [Getty]

Tensions between Somalia’s Federal Government (FGS) and Somaliland’s government have come to a head over a tripartite revenue-sharing agreement among the Republic of Somaliland, the Dubai-based company DP World, and the Ethiopian government, based on DP World’s management of a port in Berbera.

The revenue agreement, finalised on 1 March 2018, comes two years after Somaliland’s previous administration signed a 30-year contract with DP World to manage the port in 2016. …


Published March 5, 2018 by The New Arab

Charcoal is a key source of revenue for the al-Shabaab militia [AFP]

The FGS continues to operate against a dense network of many fractious interests in its attempts to gain and hold territory and domestic legitimacy. Below the surface of international mandates and public relations campaigns, the illicit charcoal trade has continued unabated.Madobe became President of the interim Juba administration which contained Kismayo, in 2013. His rise to power coincided with the tenure of a locally operating tax collector for al-Shabaab with deep involvement in the charcoal trade, named Ali Ahmed Naaji.

In November, 2015, the group Journalists for Justice published a report implicating…


Published February 21, 2018 by The New Arab

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is frequently called the worst in recent history [Getty]

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen, frequently described as the worst in recent history, is now being exacerbated by financial policies ostensibly meant to guard against financial terrorism.

Ongoing calls for a durable solution to the economic blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia do not address another increasingly insidious obstacle to moving funds into Yemen where they could be used to distribute critical aid.

According to a recent study from the Overseas Development Institute, a UK-based development think tank, international financial institutions have engaged in financial de-risking in Yemen — a practice that occurs…


Published January 30, 2018 by The New Arab

For many migrants, the journey to the Horn of Africa, and daily life upon arrival are fraught. Djibouti is the lone coastal country across the Gulf of Aden to receive Yemeni refugees with US consular services, although its lava-baked landscape and extreme temperatures pose a challenge to those displaced there.

Refugees have arrived in a constant flow on the Djiboutian and Somaliland (the northern breakaway region of Somalia) coasts since 2015 when the Saudi-led, US-backed violent campaign to restore the Yemeni government from its Houthi captors began.

Since then, the situation in…


Published January 2, 2018 by The New Arab

Nikki Haley suggested Americans are the ones who have grown impatient with Jerusalem’s status-quo [Getty]

The United States recently put in motion a decision to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, amid international and domestic resistance.

Yet, United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has suggested that Americans are the ones who have grown impatient with the status quo and deserve to see their embassy moved, the simple fulfilment of a sovereign right.

Since the move was first announced, Haley appeared to caution that a pending $285 million reduction of United States funding to the UN was the consequence for UN…


Published February 11, 2018 by Developing Economics

The theme of the 2018 World Economic Forum was, “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.” Its six richest attendees each boasted an estimated net worth of $5.2 billion or more, or the same amount as the total burden of Somalia’s outstanding debt, which, amid the splendor of the event, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre met with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde to discuss clearing. In this era of extreme global inequality, it is estimated that the United Nations agenda of seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) known as Agenda 2030, will…


PublishedApril 21, 2017 by Impakter

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an ambitious set of seventeen global goals and 169 targets to progress toward a sustainable future, has been heralded as more inclusive and comprehensive than the Millennium Development Goals before it, in part for its inclusion of Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, reflecting the inputs of countries who have struggled with domestic conflict and external intervention. However, implementation of the goal brings the risk of “securitizing” development, if done in a manner that prioritizes the security agendas of strong states, or impinging on state sovereignty. …

Rose Worden

International development & security | Horn of Africa | @NewSchool_IA alum | Bylines @The_NewArab @africasacountry

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