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Ethiopia and U.S. Strategic Interest in Somalia on a Collision Course

Ethiopia’s strategic interest in Somalia is on a collision course with that of the U.S.
Despite being the U.S. ally in the region, Ethiopia’s strategic interest in Somalia is on a collision course with that of the U.S. as Ethiopia wants a divided Somalia along clan and sub-clan lines, while the U.S. wants one united Somalia.

By Abukar Arman | for Foreign Policy Association,

Since Somalia’s independence in 1960, its relationship with the U.S. has been—for lack of a better metaphor—on a roller coaster that travels up and down dangerous steeps and performs sudden inversions that turn everything upside down. In other words, due to lack of formal and sustainable policy toward Somalia, the U.S. has contributed to creating the thrill-seekers’ paradise by setting aside diplomacy and soft engagement to chase terrorists. For the past decade or so, counterterrorism has been the name of the game, as both Somalia and the U.S. struggle to reshuffle their allies and redefine their strategic interests. Continue reading Ethiopia and U.S. Strategic Interest in Somalia on a Collision Course