Somalia: Is Military Action the Answer?

With Kenya’s invasion of Somalia approaching its 7th week, and Ethiopia wading into the fray, al-Shabaab seems to have been cornered from all sides. But will this spell their doom?

Kenyan military personnel prepare to fuel a supplies helicopter at the Garrisa airstrip near the Somali-Kenya border October 18, 2011. Reuters

A few weeks ago, I wrote a short blog post at the Africa in Transition Blog of the Council on Foreign Relations about my thoughts on Kenya’s invasion of Somalia, and the possibility of defeating al-Shabaab and ending the Somali conflict. With the invasion approaching its 7th week, and Ethiopia wading into the fray, the Islamist group seems to have been cornered from all sides. But will this spell their doom?

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