The U.S. recognition of Somalia as a sovereign and equal partner entails new responsibilities for both parties.
For the first time in years, Somalis are enjoying a renewed sense of hope and optimism
If Somalia is to become a politically stable, economically viable, and peaceful nation that can compete with other African countries, clan-dominated federal states must be made a thing of the past.
As Somalia's roadmap for stability encounters internal political hurdles, the upcoming British conference on Somalia might be the most realistic chance to eradicate extremism and keep the nation together.
The international community, particularly the United States, is pursuing a dual-track policy that encourages the very warlordism that is pulling Somalia apart at the seams.