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Title:Battling terrorism in the Horn of Africa
Editor:Rotberg, Robert I.ISNI
City of publisher:Washington
Publisher:Brookings Institution Press
Geographic term:Horn of Africa
Abstract:Although Afghanistan and Iraq are at the epicenter of America's war on terror, terrorist groups threaten other parts of the world as well. One of the most dangerous is the greater Horn of Africa region-Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the Sudan, along with Yemen, their volatile neighbor. Al Qaeda has already struck in the region, and the area's complex history, shared poverty, poor governance, underdevelopment, and renowned resistance against Western colonizers have created an intricate web of opportunity for potential terrorists.In this timely book, Robert Rotberg and his coauthors provide authoritative insight into the struggle against terrorism in the Horn, analyzing what has been done and what work remains. The contributors-prominent scholars and practitioners, including several current and former U.S. ambassadors-argue that Washington needs to craft a nuanced new policy appropriate to the region and its individual countries. They stress that there is no substitute for greater U.S. involvement in any and all forums.But U.S. efforts alone are insufficient to deal with the ongoing threats of al Qaeda and homegrown terrorism. Seamless regional and international responses are also necessary. The United States must promote good governance throughout the region by strengthening diplomatic understanding of the area and increasing support to those countries that already play a key role in counterterrorism operations, but that suffer from poor employment, education, and social services. At the same time, the United States can proactively support internal democracy in areas where the suppression of liberties is common. [Abstract from publisher]Table of Contents:1. The Horn of Africa and Yemen: Diminishing the Threat of Terrorism--by Robert I. Rotberg 2. Somalia and Somaliland: Terrorism, Political Islam, and State Collapse--by Kenneth J. Menkhaus 3. Djibouti: A Special Role in the War on Terrorism--by Lange Schermerhorn 4. Eritrea: On a Slow Fuse--by Dan Connell 5. Ethiopia: Governance and Terrorism--by David H. Shinn 6. The Sudan: Political Islam and Terrorism--by Timothy Carney 7. Yemen: Political Economy and the Effort against Terrorism--by Robert D. Burrowes 8. Kenya: The Struggle against Terrorism--by Johnnie Carson.