Paul D. Williams

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 00:00
SAM's report on Corruption in the Defense Sector is cited in this piece that examines failures in dozens of efforts to build an effective Somali National Army while maintaining an emphasis on the importance of an army in Somalia.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 06:10
Obama is calling a summit to boost the UN's peacekeeping efforts. His first step should be to lead by example.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 08:09
The number of UN peacekeepers is at a record high, with nearly 110,000 uniformed deployed "blue helmets" worldwide, most of them in Africa. But the status quo is "untenable."
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:41
According to a section of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act, if the recent attempted coup in Burundi had succeeded, the U.S. government would have been required to suspend its military assistance to the country.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:58
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is currently conducting a series of offensive operations against al-Shabaab forces across south-central Somalia. It is doing so in conjunction with elements of the Somali National Army (SNA) and with support from some militias aligned with the Federal Government.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 09:34
As the attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall and the failed Oct. 4 raid by Navy SEALs in Somalia have reminded the world, the fight against terrorism in East Africa is far from over. It's a fight that has been ongoing for two decades, but since 2001, the United States has outsourced much of the effort to a series of local proxies -- forces from Ethiopia, the African Union (AU), and, most recently, Kenya.