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Somalia Finally Gets a US Ambassador

President Barack Obama nominated career diplomat Katherine Dhanani to serve as the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia since 1991. “Dhanani has served in diplomatic assignments across Africa, including...
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Salva Kiir Gets An Earful

This diplomatic dressing down is significant because the “troika”--particularly the USA--has typically backed the South Sudanese president. They are now signaling that this support is quite tenuous. “The...
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Measles Death in Germany

A stark reminder to western audiences that measles is, in fact, deadly. “A toddler has died of measles in the German capital, health authorities said Monday, amid the country's worst outbreak in years and an...
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Episode 54: Stephen Walt

Stephen Walt is one of America's best known international relations theorists. He's probably most famous for his "Balance of Threat" theory, which was published in his groundbreaking study "The Origins of...
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Al Shebaab Threatens Western Targets

The group has so far not been able to extend its reach beyond Somalia, Uganda and Kenya. But western security officials are taking very seriously a threat contained in a video released this weekend. “The...