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September 1 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Sep 1 2014, 12:28:00

Somalia on 28 August 2014 instituted proceedings against Kenya before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with regard to a dispute concerning maritime delimitation in the Indian Ocean.  The ICJ press release states that Somalia contends the two countries disagree about the location of the maritime boundary in the area where their maritime entitlements overlap.  Somalia asked the ICJ to determine, on the basis of international law, the complete course of the maritime boundary dividing all the maritime areas pertaining to Somalia and Kenya in the Indian Ocean.  Somalia's 17-page application with sketch maps is available on the ICJ website.

Driving this application is Kenya's designation of oil blocks in Indian Ocean waters claimed by Somalia.  It is a credit to ...

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Sep 1 2014, 09:50:00

Good Governance Africa published on 1 September 2014 an article titled "Blowing the Whistle" by Jessica Hatcher.  It is based on a discussion with John Githongo, Kenya's former anti-corruption czar who has established a non-governmental organization that advocates for good governance in Kenya.  Githongo argues that Kenya's inability to protect itself from terrorism is directly related to corruption. 

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August 31 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Sun Aug 31 2014, 14:37:00

Saida Hassan is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota Education Department.  A Somali by birth, she grew up in Minneapolis.  In August 2014, she wrote about her internship this summer with The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in Mogadishu.  Read the brief account of her experience in Mogadishu for a more positive view of developments in Somalia than one normally sees in the press coverage.  

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August 29 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Fri Aug 29 2014, 13:53:00

The Feinstein International Center at Tufts University published in August 2014 a report titled "Another Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 Famine" by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid. 

Early warning agencies suggest the number of people in crisis in Somalia is likely to reach 1 million before the end of 2014.  Drawing on the lessons of the 2011-2012 famine, the paper highlights the causes of the famine, early warning and response, divisions within the humanitarian community, and the on-going role of al-Shabaab.  It offers four policy recommendations.

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Fri Aug 29 2014, 12:20:00

The Lancet, a medical journal that began in London in 1823, published on 30 August 2014 an informative article titled "China's Distinctive Engagement in Global Health" by Peilong Liu, Department of Global Health, and a number of other experts.  You can register for free to access the entire 10-page article.  The 30 August issue is devoted to health and medical issues concerning China.

The authors note that China has made rapid progress in four key areas of global health.  China's health aid deploys medical teams, constructs facilities, donates drugs and equipment, trains personnel, and supports malaria control mainly in Africa and Asia.  China's approach to global health is distinctive and based on its unique history, comparative strength, and policies driven by several ...

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August 28 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Aug 28 2014, 09:48:00

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) published in August 2014 a monograph titled "South Africa and China: The Making of a Partnership" by Chris Alden, London School of Economics, and Yu-Shan Wu, a researcher at SAIIA.

The paper concludes that China and South Africa share a similar global vision and are working towards closer strategic cooperation that takes account of the structure of bilateral economic ties, domestic diversity, and overlapping interests.  The two countries have differences that continue to shape ties and distinguish them from China's relations with other African countries.  South Africa has a vibrant civil society and China is seen as a key competitor in sectors South Africa views as strategic.

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August 27 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Aug 27 2014, 15:32:00

The Wilson Center in Washington published in August 2014 an analysis titled "Reflections on the Summit: Wither US-Africa Relations?" by Monde Muyangwa, director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  The author concludes that the summit had a positive outcome but added it needs to be institutionalized in order to sustain the US commitment to Africa. 

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August 26 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Tue Aug 26 2014, 11:30:00

World Politics Review published on 19 August 2014 a good analysis titled "Al-Shabab: A Close Look at East Africa's Deadliest Radicals" by Peter Dorrie, a freelance journalist.  

Dorrie concludes that al-Shabaab has emerged from an existential crisis and looks stronger than it has in years.  He describes al-Shabaab as the only faction in Somalia's political landscape with a clear and, for the most part, consistent political agenda. 

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August 25 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Aug 25 2014, 21:50:00

Foreign Policy magazine published on 25 August 2014 a long article titled "Franchise Opportunity: Western Union in Somaliland" by Michela Wrong who has written several books dealing with Africa.

The author looks at the money transfer business and the impact on Somaliland and the Horn of Africa if Barclays gets out of the business. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Aug 25 2014, 20:36:00

The Sudan Studies Association has just issued its summer 2014 Bulletin.  It contains the following articles:

--Individual Memory Discourses and National Memory Politics in the Two Sudans after the Secession of South Sudan by Margret Otto.

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