The international donor conference underway in London seeks to support Somalia's political stabilization and its progress toward rebuilding the war-torn country. However, donors and the government need to engage with the Somali people "if they want to make real, sustainable progress towards reconstruction," write Abdullahi Mohamed Shirwa and El Khidir Daloum.
U.S. intervention in the Syrian conflict is becoming a more likely possibility, writes Karen DeYoung. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., says: "The U.S. must play a role in tipping the scales toward opposition groups and working to build a free Syria."
"For decades, organizations such as the World Food Program (WFP) have been donating millions of tons of food to populations in need. While the value of giving food to starving people is not debatable, models of food aid procurement and distribution have been criticized."