Amb. David Shinn flags comments by Seychelles government ministers on how their nation is dealing with Somali pirates.
In other Somalia analysis, see Clint Watts‘ “Inside al Shabaab’s Recruitment Process in Somalia.”
And one more: Nic Cheeseman, “Why the New Plan for Somalia Will Fail.”
Two pieces on Boko Haram: Christopher Anzalone, “Nigeria and Boko Haram in jihadi media discourse” and Elizabeth Dickinson, “What Boko Haram Wants.” I’m especially interested to hear readers’ reactions to these pieces.
A debate about chiefs.
Inside Islam continues its series on important Islamic sites with a profile of Al Azhar University.
Roving Bandit takes to the airwaves to express his optimism about an eventual oil deal between the Sudans.
What else is going on today?