US will soon redeploy troops in Somalia: the mission and key goals

Posted on Wed 01 June 2022 in Africa • Tagged with Somalia, USA, African Union, AU, Biden

US troops in Djibouti in 2003 on a mission to watch terrorist groups in countries that include Somalia. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Paul D. Williams, George Washington University

The Biden administration in the US recently announced it would be providing a “persistent presence” in Somalia of up to …

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The story of how Swahili became Africa’s most spoken language

Posted on Mon 07 March 2022 in Africa • Tagged with Swahili, African Bantu, Mogadishu, Somalia, Sofala, Mozambique, African Union, AU, Uganda

Tanzanian leader Julius Nyerere, a Swahili advocate. Keystone/Getty Images

John M. Mugane, Harvard University

Once just an obscure island dialect of an African Bantu tongue, Swahili has evolved into Africa’s most internationally recognised language. It is peer to the few languages of the world that boast over 200 …

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