Foreign Policy Archives

Might be Somalia: Somalia won independence in 1960, but it quickly became a Cold War pawn, prized for its strategic location in the Horn of Africa, where Africa and Asia nearly touch. First it was the Soviets who pumped in weapons, then the United States. A poor, mostly illiterate, mainly nomadic country became a towering Read More

Besides Obama signing executive orders that Gitmo close within the next year, the Senate passed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which Obama has promised to sign. (Some background on the legislation here.) Also, repealing the “global gag rule” seems to be on the agenda for the next few days. That’s about as good a Read More