n Institute for Security Studies Monographs - Building states fighting terror : contradictions in United States strategy in Somalia from 2001 to 2007




The saying goes, 'Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.' Since the end of the Cold War, this adage has become increasingly fundamental to US security thinking. In 1993, the then CIA Director James Woolsey pronounced, 'We have slain the dragon, but now live in a jungle full of poisonous snakes.' Underlying Woolsey's statement was the re-securitisation of the 'unpredictable', primarily located in the developing world.


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