Weak Central Government Makes Security a Local Issue in Somalia

A Somali soldier walks near destroyed buildings after a suicide car bomb, Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 27, 2016 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).
A Somali soldier walks near destroyed buildings after a suicide car bomb, Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 27, 2016 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).

Two suicide bombs went off Sunday in Baidoa, Somalia, leaving at least 20 people dead and 60 injured, in an attack claimed by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. In an email interview, Ken Menkhaus, a professor of political science at Davidson University, discussed the fight against al-Shabab and the security situation in Somalia. WPR: What is the current security situation in Somalia, and how much does it vary locally across the country? Ken Menkhaus: The security situation across Somalia is harder to generalize than one might expect. Most media reports give the impression that Somalia is uniformly dangerous, but actual […]

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