AREA637,657 sq km
GDP1,771 milion € (2013)
MEDIAN AGE17 years

The implications of Brexit for Somalia and AMISOM mission

For six months, the AMISOM troops have not been paid as the effects of the funding cuts by the European Union bite, which last February had decided a general reduction of 20% on $ 200 million of annual appropriations, justifying the measure with a constrained budget and new security needs.
Marco Cochi • Saturday, 02 July 2016 09:00

A new jihadist group pro-ISIS challenge al-Shabaab

In recent days, a new group has been added to the East African jihadist scene. It is Jahba East Africa, who has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State recognizing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the legitimate leader of all Muslims.In a statement published in English in recent days on Twitter, the new group claims to have already recruited militants in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia.
Marco Cochi • Friday, 15 April 2016 11:35

The new dangerous embodiment of al-Shabaab

The latest signal of the al-Shabaab operational resurgence in the Horn of Africa has come us Tuesday through the news that for the first time jihadist have reached the northern part of the Somali coast, until now relatively stable. The radical Islamic movement would have taken control of Garad, in Puntland, in northern Somalia. The port town has been for some time a refuge for pirates, where throwing the raids against commercial ships passing along the routes of the Red Sea.
Marco Cochi • Friday, 18 March 2016 10:08

Somalia: Ethiopia is back

Old enemies come with a gift of peace–perhaps.
Massimo Zaurrini • Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:14

Aboard the ‘Maestrale’, Hunting Pirates

The Italian navy frigate "Maestrale" is one of a small group of European vessels assigned to a force tasked with hunting down pirates along major African shipping lanes off the coast of Somalia. But most agree that patrol vessels aren't enough.  The root causes of banditry on the high seas is corruption and poverty in the nations near where the pirates operate
Emiliano Bos • Friday, 28 June 2013 15:55