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Confronting Terrorism in Africa

June 27, 2012

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Areas of Control Map - Somalia

Recently, U.S. officials in Kenya warned of an imminent threat of a terrorist attack in Mombasa, Kenya. A day later, a hand grenade was thrown into a bar in Mombasa, killing three people. As America’s attention slowly shifts away from Afghanistan over the next few years, there is growing reason to increase American influence in […]

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Sunken Treasure: Somali Pirates Costing Us All

May 15, 2012

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Though Somali pirates have stayed out of the spotlight for the better part of a year, two days ago, Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa successful attacked and hijacked a Greek-owned oil tanker. The oil tanker is reported to be carrying nearly a million barrels of oil. Though various security measures have been employed […]

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A new glimpse into al-Qaeda

May 8, 2012

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To coincide with the anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin laden, the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point released 17 de-classified documents obtained in bin Laden’s Abbattobad compound. These 17 documents are a small fraction of the thousands of documents recovered from the raid. Despite their small number, these documents add color […]

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Important Developments in North Africa

April 7, 2012

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In recent weeks, Mali, a democratic West African nation, experienced two events that threaten the stability of the country:  a military coup and a rebellion that took over a significant portion of the country. Although this may not seem like such an abnormal event, given the seeming regularity of coups in Africa, it is in […]

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Water Scarcity and Political Instability

March 28, 2012

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An intelligence report released last week discussed a security threat that presents a frightening picture of the world, one in which clean, usable water is increasingly scarce.  Water scarcity is in large part a result of increasing demand due to world population growth.  U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said in a speech given at […]

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