What Trump’s policies mean for Somalia and security in East Africa
Saturday January 21 2017
Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America on January 20, 2017 in Washington DC. PHOTO | AFP
If Al Shabbab seems less fleet-footed and lethal today than it did a year and a half ago, part of the credit must go to the US. It now looks like President Trump — who is breathtakingly naïve about the threat that Al Shabaab-like groups pose — wants the review in order to cut back US involvement in Somalia. This would be a strategic and costly long-run mistake for US policy in the Horn of Africa.