The How-To of Failing a State (Or: Just Think About How You Ruin House Parties)

In just the past six months, we've seen a veritable pantheon of countries falling into the shitter.  From South Sudan in January to Ukraine this spring and now Iraq this month, it's been a rough year to be a government.  And that's not even counting the nightmares still unfolding just out of the public eye: … Continue reading The How-To of Failing a State (Or: Just Think About How You Ruin House Parties)

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Somalia, Al Shabaab, and How Geography Screwed A Country

The odds are good you've seen Black Hawk Down, where the story of the disaster that was the battle of Mogadishu is told rather well.  With such a baseline of knowledge, you're aware that, at some point in the recent past, Somalia was a mess.  Things haven't changed much. Somalia is the king of Failed States … Continue reading Somalia, Al Shabaab, and How Geography Screwed A Country