February 2009

Hope in Somalia?

There's news this week from Somalia that seems perhaps marginally hopeful, in a region desperately in need of some hope. Somalia hasn't had a stable and responsive central government for nearly two decades, and has been a region in terrific turmoil—further aggravated by a couple of years of guerilla warfare since Ethiopia's 2006 invasion to oust Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his Islamic Courts Union. Sheikh Sharif subsequently fled the country, but recently returned.

Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, Somalia's president since last Friday's parliamentary election, met with other Horn of Africa leaders in Ethiopia's capital on Monday, for a summit to discuss the global economic crisis, .