Courting insurgents

Somalia’s new president’s only tools are force and money from foreign donors

Somalia’s new president, Sharif Ahmed, is making a full-court press to broker a peace agreement with Islamist insurgents. But it’s a difficult, and often thankless, task. Heading a “national government” that is more of an aspiration than a reality, his only real tools are the threat of force, and the money provided by foreign donors. And all the while he has to keep the grasping diaspora happy.

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