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Columns by J. Peter Pham:

The Battle for Libya: Implications for Africa [03 Mar 11]
Somali Piracy Hits America: Some Questions in Need of Answers [24 Feb 11]
Moroccan Exceptionalism? [10 Feb 11]
Somalia in Need of New Approach Two Decades after State Collapse [01 Feb 11]
Côte d'Ivoire Crisis: Some Lessons to Be Learned [13 Jan 11]
Africa's Top Flash Points in 2011: Security Challenges and Strategic Opportunities [04 Jan 11]

Abyei: The Abscess Threatening the Sudan [09 Dec 10]
Behind Iran's Foiled Gambian Gambit [02 Dec 10]
Somalia's New Prime Minister: Not Quite What the Doctor Ordered [18 Oct 10]
Brazil's Expanding Links in Africa: Lula's Positive Legacy [12 Oct 10]

A Subtle, But Significant, Shift in U.S. Somali Policy Opens the Door to Realism [30 Sep 10]
When Crime Does Pay: The Threat of an Emboldened al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [23 Sep 10]
Nigeria at the Crossroads, Again [16 Sep 10]
Ballots and Bullets: The Tale of the Two Somalias [06 Jul 10]

Turkey's Return to Africa [27 May 10]
A Realistic Step Forward: The Ethiopian Elections in Context [13 May 10]
Kid Kabila and Congo's Joyless Jubilee [29 Apr 10]
Sudan's Elections: What Now? [22 Apr 10]
Sudan's Elections and the Country's Endgame [06 Apr 10]

Muddled on Mogadishu: America's Confused Somalia Strategy [23 Mar 10]
Libya as an African Power [16 Mar 10]
Niger Coup: A Blow for Stability and Democracy? [09 Mar 10]
Shi'a in Senegal: Iran's Growing Reach into Africa [18 Feb 10]
Crisis, Conflict, and Opportunity in the Nile Basin [09 Feb 10]

Emerging West African Terror-Drug Nexus Poses Major Security Threat [28 Jan 10]
Obama and Africa: A One-Year Assessment [21 Jan 10]
When the Jihadists Take Mogadishu [14 Jan 10]
African Hot Spots in 2010 [07 Jan 10]

2009

Guinea: In Search of a Soft Landing [10 Dec 09]
Africa's Other Dangerous Waters: Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea [03 Dec 09]
Return of the Somali Pirates [12 Nov 09]
Climate Change and Security in Africa [03 Nov 09]

The New U.S. Sudan Policy: A Preliminary Review [22 Oct 09]
Eritrea: Spoiler Exacerbates Crisis in the Horn of Africa and Beyond [15 Oct 09]
Guinea: At the Edge of the Precipice [01 Oct 09]

Putting Puntland's Potential into Play [24 Sep 09]
Somali Instability Still Poses Threat Even After Successful Strike on Nabhan [17 Sep 09]
Somaliland: What Somalia Could Be [16 Jul 09]
Somalia: Strategic Realities and Realistic Stratagems [02 Jul 09]

Fiddling While Somalia Burns [23 Jun 09]
Western Sahara: Time to Move Ahead, Realistically [11 Jun 09]
Morocco's Comprehensive Counterterrorism Approach [04 Jun 09]

Somalia's Persistent Violence Threatens Regional Security, U.S. Interests [28 May 09]
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: The Ongoing Evolution of Jihadist Terrorism in North Africa [14 May 09]

Countering Somali Piracy by Involving the Private Sector [30 Apr 09]
Pondering Somali Piracy [23 Apr 09]
Somali Pirates Undeterred by Naval Build-up, but Risks Heightened [02 Apr 09]

Bin Laden's Somali Gambit [26 Mar 09]
Madagascar's March Madness [19 Mar 09]
The Chinese Navy's Somali Cruise [12 Mar 09]
Beyond Bashir: Sudan After the Indictment [04 Mar 09]

A Sustainable Response to the Scourge of Somali Piracy [26 Feb 09]
Despite Progress, Somali Piracy Threat Persists – and May Grow Larger [19 Feb 09]
Somalia Stumbles along with Sharif [12 Feb 09]
A Stimulus for African Security [05 Feb 09]

New Twists in Congo Conflict – and Just Maybe a Turn for the Better [29 Jan 09]
How President Obama Can Help Africa – and America as Well [22 Jan 09]
Ghana Again Blazes the Trail for Africa [15 Jan 09]
African Hot Spots in 2009 [08 Jan 09]

2008

Guinea Avoids the Deluge – At Least for Now [31 Dec 08]
Last Domino Standing: On the Fate of Somaliland [11 Dec 08]
Somalia: The Times They Are A-Changin' [03 Dec 08]

As Somali Pirates Raise Stakes, Effective Measures Needed [20 Nov 08]
Renewed Congo Conflict Requires Fresh Approach [13 Nov 08]
Africa in an Obama Administration [06 Nov 08]
AFRICOM Stands Up [02 Oct 08]

Time to Hunt Somali Pirates [23 Sep 08]
Engaging Maritime Africa [16 Sep 08]
Angola: A Potential Powerhouse Inches Forward [09 Sep 08]
Al-Qaeda's Surge in Algeria [04 Sep 08]

Somalia's Downward Spiral Continues [26 Aug 08]
The Russian Bear Returns to Africa [21 Aug 08]
Mauritania: Progress Hijacked [14 Aug 08]
Islamist Extremism's Rising Challenge to Morocco [07 Aug 08]

Sudan: The Beginning of the End [15 Jul 08]
Global Ripples from the Niger Delta [10 Jul 08]
Beyond Mugabe's Madness [01 Jul 08]

Zimbabwe's Runoff Rip-off [24 Jun 08]
Around the Troubled Horn [19 Jun 08]
Rising Sun and Dark Continent: Japan's Courtship of Africa [12 Jun 08]
U.S. Engagement of Africa in the National Interest [05 Jun 08]

Criminal Networks in West Africa: An Emerging Security Challenge [29 May 08]
Sudan: Looming Crises, Strategic Opportunities [15 May 08]
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: An Evolving Challenge in the War on Terror [08 May 08]
Pirates of Somalia: The Curse of the Failed State [01 May 08]

Enabling Mugabe to Cling On [24 Apr 08]
Botswana's Success Sparkles amid African Gloom [17 Apr 08]
Zimbabwe Zigzags Onto Another Rough Patch [08 Apr 08]
Troubled Paradise: The Mixed Success of the African Union's Intervention in the Comoros [03 Apr 08]

Somalia beyond the Terrorist Designation [27 Mar 08]
An African Security Update and Why AFRICOM Is Critical [06 Mar 08]

The U.S. and Somaliland: A Road Map [28 Feb 08]
Cape Verde: A Rare African Success [21 Feb 08]
Sudan Strikes Out in Chad Crisis – At Least for Now [14 Feb 08]
Mr. Bush Goes to Africa [07 Feb 08]

Khartoum's Partners in Beijing [31 Jan 08]
What's at Stake in Sudan's Abyei [24 Jan 08]
The Kenyan Tragedy and the Future of Democracy in Africa [17 Jan 08]
Thinking about Terrorism and Other Security Challenges in Africa [10 Jan 08]
The War on Terrorism in Africa: Assessment and Prospects [03 Jan 08]

2007

Significant Stakes Suggest Somaliland Shift for U.S. [13 Dec 07]
Too Few Good Men – and Even Fewer Supplies: The Challenge of Peacekeeping in Africa [06 Dec 07]

Winds of War Blow along Ethiopia-Eritrea Border [29 Nov 07]
Responding to Piracy and Other African Maritime Security Challenges [13 Nov 07]
Somali "Leaders" Squabble as Militants Gain Momentum [08 Nov 07]

Pandas in the Heart of Darkness: Chinese Peacekeepers in Africa [25 Oct 07]
Playing with Fire: South Africa's Dangerous Terrorist Liaisons [18 Oct 07]
South Sudan: Simmering Below the Surface [11 Oct 07]
Brewing Border Battle Threatens U.S. Counterterrorism Gains [04 Oct 07]

Somalia Still Sinking as Eritrea Entertains Enemies [18 Sep 07]
Milestone in Partnership to Counter Terrorism in the Sahel [13 Sep 07]
An Inconvenient Flag: Liberia's Ship Registry in the Age of Global Terrorism [06 Sep 07]

São Tomé and Príncipe: An African Exception? [30 Aug 07]
Eritrea: The Horn of Africa's Rogue Regime [23 Aug 07]
China's Play for Somalia's Oil [14 Aug 07]
Selling AFRICOM [09 Aug 07]
"Total Force" for AFRICOM [02 Aug 07]

Mired in Mogadishu [26 Jul 07]
The Indian Tiger's African Safari [19 Jul 07]
The Security Challenge of West Africa's New Drug Depots [10 Jul 07]
Cabinda: The "Forgotten Conflict" America Can't Afford to Forget [05 Jul 07]

Hu's Selling Guns to Africa [28 Jun 07]
Al Qaeda's Franchise in Africa [21 Jun 07]
Nigeria: Flailing State [14 Jun 07]
Securing the New Strategic Gulf [07 Jun 07]

Building Security by Ending Impunity: The Trial of Charles Taylor [31 May 07]
Smokin' on Somalia [24 May 07]
Vulnerability of Nigerian Oil Infrastructure Threatens U.S. Interests [17 May 07]
Additional Sparks Fly in the Horn of Africa [10 May 07]
Nigeria Teeters Back from the Brink – For Now [03 May 07]

New Fronts Call for New Capacities [26 Apr 07]
Decision Time in Nigeria [19 Apr 07]
Peacekeepers with No Peace to Keep [12 Apr 07]
The Tipping Point in Somalia [05 Apr 07]

Salvaging Security in Somalia [29 Mar 07]
Good News from Côte d'Ivoire [22 Mar 07]
Smoldering in Somalia [15 Mar 07]
Phantom Ministers and the Spirit of Democracy [08 Mar 07]
Au revoir, mon Général [01 Mar 07]

Violence, Islamism, and Terror in the Sahel [22 Feb 07]
Getting AFRICOM Right [15 Feb 07]
Guess Hu's Coming to Dinner [08 Feb 07]
The Return of the "Nigerian Taliban" [01 Feb 07]

Coping with Humpty Dumpty [25 Jan 07]
Somalia May Save the War on Terrorism [18 Jan 07]
Sweeping Up in Somalia [04 Jan 07]

2006

The Next Sudanese Conflict [21 Dec 06]
Not Being Had by al-Itihaad [14 Dec 06]
The Time Is Now for a U.S. Africa Command [07 Dec 06]

Islamism Comes to the Niger Delta [30 Nov 06]
The Somali Radicals Must Be Destroyed! [22 Nov 06]
A U.S. Security Agenda in Africa – Part I [09 Nov 06]
   A U.S. Security Agenda in Africa – Part II [16 Nov 06]
The Coming Chaos in Guinea [02 Nov 06]

Update: Islamist Radicals Still on the March in Somalia [26 Oct 06]
In Nigeria False Prophets Are Real Problems [19 Oct 06]
Still at Large: Qadhafi the War Criminal [12 Oct 06]
Nigeria at the Crossroads [05 Oct 06]

The Growth of Militant Islamism in East Africa [28 Sep 06]
Financing Somalia's Islamist Warlords [21 Sep 06]
West Africa and the Coming Naval Battle in al-Qaeda's Economic War against America [14 Sep 06]
America's Somali Policy Still Dangerously Adrift [08 Sep 06]
Iran's Congo Connection [05 Sep 06]

China Goes on Safari [24 Aug 06]
Niger Delta Blues [17 Aug 06]
Hezbollah's African Network [10 Aug 06]
Forgotten Interests: Why Côte d'Ivoire matters [03 Aug 06]
Al Qaeda moves to Africa [27 Jul 06]

Dangerous Fiction: A Tale of Two Cities, Part II [20 Jul 06]
Dangerous Fiction: A Tale of Two Cities, Part I [13 Jul 06]
Sheikh Aweys Won't Go Away (At Least by Himself) [06 Jul 06]

General Hayden, Invest in the Arms Trade [15 Jun 06]
Faith-Based Realpolitik [08 Jun 06]
REM: Islamist Terrorist Regime in Khartoum [01 Jun 06]

A modest proposal for Darfur [26 May 06]
Keeping an eye on the "peacekeepers" [18 May 06]
Facing Reality in Somalia [11 May 06]
Militant Islamism's Shadow Rises Over Sub-Saharan Africa [04 May 06]

The Middle East Link to Africa's Conflicts [27 Apr 06]
The War on Terrorism's Forgotten Front [20 Apr 06]


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