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People celebrate on the streets after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his resignation, in Algiers, Algeria April 2, 2019.

The US administration is turning away from Africa at a time when more engagement is crucial.

The greatest mistake the Trump administration can make is to walk away from Africa at the very moment American leadership against terrorism and instability is most needed.

If Warsame wants to make a legal case against Somaliland separatism, there is much room for discussion about whether promises and procedures were fulfilled dating back to 1960 although, ultimately, from a U.S. policy perspective, the debate is more about whether current U.S. and international aid Mogadishu-centric policy does more harm than good both to Somali stability and to broader security interests.

Seven years after Libya’s revolution, the country is a failed state with a humanitarian crisis and a serious threat to US national security. America’s enemies and adversaries, including ISIS, Al Qaeda and Russia, are exploiting the collapse and establishing themselves in Libya at America’s expense, while the United States is not paying attention and not preparing for the gathering storm.

The failure of the Libyan state is a threat to the security of the United States and its allies.

Against the backdrop of North Korea and the conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria, and the Palestinian territories, it is understandable that within the United States, the Western Sahara is largely forgotten. It should not be.

As South Sudan’s conflict escalates rapidly toward outright civil war, President Obama has shown precious little interest. He has rightly dispatched military forces to protect and extract U.S. citizens, but evacuation hardly constitutes a strategy. Isolated troop deployments, however justifiable, merely underline the broader U.S. retreat across North Africa.

The waves of change are indeed sweeping across the shores of the Middle East and North Africa. However, the Islamist regime in Iran is better geared to suppressing internal dissent than other regional autocracies and, therefore, has better prospects of surviving the crisis–for now at least.

Those who reference 1979 when trying to make sense of Egypt must go beyond the Islamic Revolution. It was a year when the political tectonic plates of the region shifted violently and profoundly.

A book review of Ted Morgan’s My Battle of Algiers.

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