Ambassador John Campbell and Tolu Ogunlesi offer thoughts on Friday’s bombing of the UN building in Abuja, Nigeria. Next republishes and updates part of an editorial posted after the June bombing of the police headquarters in Abuja.
Baobab on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit to Somalia:
BAOBAB…was moved beyond cynicism by the Turkish prime minister’s visit to Mogadishu on August 19th. Mr Erdogan is not the first head of state to visit Somalia’s wrecked capital since central authority collapsed there in 1992. But the nature of his visit was different. It was not about regional security. He came with his wife and daughter, his cabinet ministers and their families. The trip was brief and choreographed to boost standing at home. But that should not diminish the courage shown. The Turkish plane scraped the runway on landing. Even though the Shabab had been forced out of the city, the visit was an extraordinary security risk.
Osiama Molefe, meanwhile, writes that the $70 million that African leaders have raised for Somalia calls their commitment to “Africans solutions for African problems” into question.
Kal offers his initial thoughts on the fall of Colonel Moammar Qadhafi.
Kim Yi Dionne posts some results from her team’s study of protests in Malawi.
Philip Lancaster on the intractable problem of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Ashley Elliott takes a look at where things stand in Cote d’Ivoire.
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