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Elizabeth Shackelford


Why Trump's Somalia gambit won't make anyone happy

But Biden could turn it around by making the new Congress decide whether to put troops back into the country, or not.


U.S. diplomacy is failing in Ethiopia, in new ways and old

For decades, our Africa policy has taken a blunt approach, quickly designating the good guys and the bad and painting each with a broad brush that demands unquestioning loyalty or enmity.

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The State Department was broken before Donald Trump

Addressing only the offenses of the Trump administration will not help us build back a better foreign policy than we had before.

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U.S. engagement in Africa should be led by civilians, not the military

The U.S.'s military-first approach to counterterrorism in Africa has failed.