Ending the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Realigning Our Engagement with Our Interests in Somalia

Elizabeth Shackelford
Quincy Institute
Publication Date:
10 November 2020
Somalia, Arms and Military Affairs, United States, Canada and Africa

In U.S. foreign policy circles today, the bar to justify ending a military intervention is higher than it is to keep one going. Small wars have become routine foreign policy tools, executed with minimal oversight or scrutiny. Somalia offers a clear example of how this approach leads to high accumulated costs for the American people with little to show in gains for the U.S. national interest

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