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Council on Foreign Relations
CFR publishes an interactive map of the HORN OF AFRICA providing you with a concise regional and Somalia overview, a quick look at transnational issues as well as the armed forces in the area.
CFR also publishes background information sheets
on terrorist groups.
Click here for a primer on Boko Haram.
Click here for a primeron Al Shabaab.
Click here for a primer on AQIM.
SomaliaReport.com covers all aspects relating to Somalia and the region: piracy, conflict, terrorism, government, local news, culture and key issues. The publishers are now charging for the majority of the content.
The European Union concerned with the continuing impact of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, and international maritime security launched the European Naval Force Somalia – Operation ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR – ATALANTA).
Piracy and Maritime Security
Commercial Crime Services (CCS) is the anti-crime arm of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC.) Based in the UK, CCS is a membership organization tasked with combating all forms of commercial crime. ICC offers a live piracy report and map.
The U.S. State Department has a site-page dedicated to Counter Piracy and Maritime Security. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard both, support and contribute to the Combined Maritime Force’s Task Force 151, which is part of the U.S. response to the maritime security issue.
Corruption is not just an economic development issue it is a security issue. Development economists also assert corruption is linked to political instability. Moreover many times corrupt individuals have links to organized crime groups. In turn organized crime groups may be linked to other extremist organizations. These groups finance their activities via smuggling activities (arms, drugs, charcoal among other goods) and theft or extortion among other crimes. The Institute for Security Studies in Cape Town in South Africa publishes the INFORMATION PORTAL ON CORRUPTION AND GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA.