The United States has effectively been at war with al-Shabaab for well over a decade, but according to Paul D. Williams, a professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, who has written books including Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A history and analysis of the African Union Mission 2007–2017 and War and Conflict in Africa, the costs and risks are rising and there is no end in sight. Instead, Williams suggests the United States should stop framing its strategic goal as victory over al-Shabaab and instead focus on achieving political reconciliation between Somalia’s main conflict parties. To read Williiams’ full opinion piece visit the Future Media News Facebook page and Twitter feed.