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Ep. 42: Escalating in Somalia

We look into why the U.S. military is escalating its air campaign against al-Shabaab, and what sort of challenges stand in the way of building up a Somali army that can fight Shabaab on its own.

Threats

What Will Climate Change Mean for Security in Africa?

The Pentagon faces different challenges in a continent where it has only one permanent base — but lots of troops.

Policy

Expect Shanahan's Niger-Ambush Review in 'Weeks': Official

A 4-star general will conduct a new review of the 2017 ambush that killed four U.S. troops in Niger.

Ideas

In Somalia, US Air Strikes Rise and Transparency Declines

The 2019 tally is on track to more than double last year’s total.

Ideas

Egypt’s President Is Crushing Dissent — and Fueling ISIS

Even if the White House is in denial about al-Sisi’s harm to regional instability, Congress shouldn't be.

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As Africa Seeks Global Partners, It Will Ask: Who's Helping with Climate Change?

If the United States hopes to outduel China for influence on the continent, it must consider Cyclone Idai and its turbocharged ilk to come.

Ideas

To Protect Africa’s Oceans, Stand Up to China

China is certainly not the only country with predatory fishing fleets, but its boats are the ones that have been invited into our territorial waters by a foreign power.

Policy

AFRICOM Adds Logistics Hub in West Africa, Hinting at an Enduring US Presence

From Ghana’s capital, a new supply network will ferry supplies and arms to special forces troops across the region.

Threats

AFRICOM Commander: SpecOps Cuts Won’t Help China, But We Could Use More Regular Troops

“It’s really a misleading narrative to say that optimization is causing us to walk away from Africa,” Gen. Waldhauser said in an interview.

Ideas

The US Needs a Real Plan to Counter China in Africa

The current toothless strategy won’t prevent Beijing from, say, squeezing supply lines to America's biggest African base.

Science & Tech

The US Is Buying Phone Hacking Tools for Ghana’s Police

The State Department wants Ghanaian law enforcement to be able to access Android, Windows, and BlackBerry devices used in transnational crime.

Policy

Trump’s New Africa Plan: Fewer US Troops and Aid, More Investment and Deals

To compete with China in Africa, the White House aims to encourage U.S. investment but will continue a troop drawdown and plans a harsh re-evaluation of foreign assistance.

Policy

From Small Wars to Great Power, Trump’s Africa Reset Could Change US Military’s Role

The U.S. is cutting 10 percent of its counterterrorism troops in Africa. Will China and Russia fill the gap?

Threats

China is Exporting its Cyber Surveillance to African Countries

Beijing has trained African officials on its sprawling system of censorship and surveillance.

Ideas

Ep. 24: Unmasking the GRU; The future of al-Shabaab; F-35 and the UK; and Bell Helicopter CEO Mitch Snyder

Welcome to our podcast about the news, strategy, tech, and business trends defining the future of national security.

Threats

The 'War on Terror' Still Grows in Somalia

“Drone strikes may have a purpose, but they are no substitute for a political strategy.”

Threats

Russia Is the Latest World Power Eyeing the Horn of Africa

Moscow is in negotiations with Eritrea to establish a new logistics hub, location and opening date TBD.

Threats

Boko Haram’s Deadly Impact

A new compilation of data gives insight into the African Islamist insurgency’s reach, tactics, and evolution. It reveals a far higher victim count than previous estimates.

Threats

Soft-Power Watch: China's Burgeoning Cultural Institutes in Africa

Despite the fact China is building institutions like those European countries have operated for decades, it is their structure which distinguishes them from their western counterparts.

Ideas

Rushing Libya’s Elections Will Lead to Disaster

The country won't be ready for its scheduled elections on Dec. 10. Their failure could engender chaos that could shake the entire region.