FROM THIS EPISODE
Fighting continues in Somalia, after Ethiopian troops attacked Islamist forces there. While Ethiopia wants to see the moderate transitional government of Somalia back in power, old regional rivalries threaten to spread the conflict. Do Islamic fundamentalists pose a real threat in eastern Africa? Is the unstable region a breeding ground for al Qaeda terrorists? Are humanitarian agencies able to cope with the number of refugees fleeing yet another war? We look at the rise of Islamic fundamentalists in Somalia, the implications for the region, the west and the world.
Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times (@gettleman)
Herman Cohen, Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
Matt Bryden, Consultant with the International Crisis Group
Brian Jenkins, RAND Corporation
Gordon Denoon, Senior Program Manager of Refugee Assistance for CARE International
Max Yergan was a contemporary of African-American civil rights pioneers, including Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, singer and activist Paul Robeson, educator and writer W.E.B. Du Bois and union leader A. Phillip Randolph. Yergan was among the first black missionaries sent to South Africa by the YMCA. What happened after that is the subject of a new book called, Max Yergan: Race Man, Internationalist, Cold Warrier.
David Anthony, Professor of African History at UC Santa Cruz