Drew Calcagno

Drew Calcagno is a Fulbright Scholar at the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission, earning a Master of Science in Violence, Conflict, and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London. In the fall, he will join the Master of Science in African Studies program at the University of Oxford as a Rotary Scholar.  In 2015, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.  Calcagno has performed field research in Turkey, Ethiopia, and Liberia regarding the security-development nexus and has worked with the Department of State, Department of Defense, and the U.S. intelligence community. He currently resides in Monrovia, Liberia where he researches the response to and the consequences of the Ebola crisis.  The views presented in his articles are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent the positions of the U.S. government, the US-UK Fulbright Commission, or the Rotary Foundation.

What happens when social protection runs awry – rather than enabling market-led development, al-Shabaab creates a structure that rejects it.