Africa Blog Roundup: Drones and Yemen, Somalia Pirates, USAID, and More

Yemen (I know Yemen is not in Africa, but what happens there is relevant to what happens in the Horn): Aaron Zelin and Gregory Johnsen discuss the advantages and disadvantages of conducting drone strikes against AQAP in Yemen. Gregory:

The idea that the US can carry out a war in Yemen, even a remote controlled one, and not pay the price for it is foolish. If the US treats the country like a war zone it will get a war. There is, simply put, no magic missile solution to the problem of AQAP in Yemen.

Somalia: Modern Day Pirate Tales looks at a record ransom paid to Somali pirates, and Foreign Policy has a photo essay on anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden.

South Africa: Matthew Tostevin covers South Africa’s application to join the BRICs.

Nigeria: Shelby Grossman points out some interesting details about the arms shipment seized in Nigeria last month.

USAID: The Project on Middle East Democracy flags an article at the Center for Strategic and International Studies “describing the decline of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) over the past four administrations.”

Colonialism: Chris Blattman, Joshua Keating, and Olumide Abimbola discuss the relative merits of British colonialism.

Feel free to use this as an open thread.

3 thoughts on “Africa Blog Roundup: Drones and Yemen, Somalia Pirates, USAID, and More

  1. Interesting this shipment stuff and the Hausa guy. Still wondering whether the shipment was meant for the Gambia with the probability (may be very thin) for AQIM or the Boko Haram. I “loled” at the Iranian guy thinking thatAbuja is a port! Cheers Alex.

  2. AQAP is self-admittedly egging on US military expansion in Yemen, expecting a wider war to tilt in their favor. Its group is another breed from the rest of al-Qaeda and not inclined to follow orders. But it is following bin Laden’s grand strategy. AQAP’s publicized “Operation Hemorrhage” explicitly states their final objective as economic loss, not civilian casualties. Washington is falling for the bait, with reports of $1 billion (over 6 years) in military assistance to Yemen’s military, to stop attacks that cost $5,000 – $10,000. This no-win situation is what al-Qaeda ultimately seeks to achieve, and AQAP has done its work.

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