Francis Nesbitt


Dr. Francis Njubi Nesbitt, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University, discusses his article “History Repeats Itself With Somalia Invasion;” the many failed interventions and proxy wars involving the US, Ethiopia and Kenya; how al-Shabab rose to prominence after the US-backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in 2006; Kenya’s current plan to seize the Somali port city of Kismayo and cut off a significant source of income for al-Shabab; why clan-based cultures are not conducive to central governance; how oil pipeline routes figure into African conflicts; and Somalia’s severe famine that has hundreds of thousands at risk of starvation.

MP3 here. (28:13)

Francis Njubi Nesbitt is a Foreign Policy in Focus contributor and teaches African politics and conflict resolution at San Diego State University. He is the author of Race for Sanctions (Indiana University Press, 2004) and is completing a book on peacemaking in the Horn of Africa.

7 thoughts on “Francis Nesbitt”

  1. Contrary to Mr. Nesbitt's belief that the Blackhawk Down incident did not take place when the first Bush was president. It happened in October of 1993. William Clinton was responsible. Typical leftie academic 'error'.

    1. G. W. Bush ordered troops into Somalia in Operation Restore Hope in 1992 (to assist a UN mission – UNSC Resolution 794).
      The "Blackhawk Down" incident happened under Clinton during the Battle of Mogadishu, yes. It was a Special Ops.

  2. seth, “Contrary to Mr. Nesbitt's belief… Blackhawk Down incident… happened in October of 1993. William Clinton was responsible. Typical leftie academic 'error'.”

    Actually, it was just a continuation of what the first Bush was doing before he left office in January 1993. For we have a one party Administration, a Dem-Repo Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama Administration.

    “In December 1992 an operation called, Operation Restore Hope, saw the United States assuming the unified command… The U.S. Marine Corps landed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Mogadishu and, with elements of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, secured nearly one-third of the city, the port, and airport facilities within two weeks time, with the intent to facilitate airlifted humanitarian supplies. Elements of the 2nd Battalion… Marine Aircraft Group-39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton); 9th Marines; and 1st Battalion, 7th Marines quickly secured routes to Baidoa, Balidogle and Kismayo, then were reinforced by the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and the US Army's 10th Mountain Division.”

    1. "Actually, it was…" The misinformation that Mr. Nesbitt offered was not about the policy but about a specific incident. It is typical of academics to turn a blind eye to the consequences of a policy when a Democrat occupies the White House and to attribute all things vile to a Republican. It works both ways for partisans. The Blackhawk Down incident happened in October of 1993. Clinton was president not the elder Bush.

      Using your logic the fact that Truman got us into the Korean conflict would make him responsible for the fact that Eisenhower ended hostilities in 1953. Therefore Truman should be credited with the armistice.


    seth, says,
    “Truman got us into Korea… Eisenhower ended hostilities”

    You see, seth is of the opinion that we have a two party democratic form of government, whereas, I’m of a mind that if the corporate rich hand pick who they campaign fund, if unlimited amounts can they pour in the war chest of both candidates for president, that voting for your favorite paid actor is a big waste of time.

    Bottom line — you can always tell who the corporate rich have picked to be our next president — the one corporate owned media portrays as the most intelligent.

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