Less than a year after fleeing in the face of an Islamist insurgency, Ethiopian forces have come back to help prevent a moderate government from collapsing at the hands of militant Islamists.
The group wants to prevent Islamist militias from getting arms. Meanwhile, Ethiopia's apparent renewed involvement in support of the government carries risks.
The world is not willing to allow this strategic nation to remain ungoverned. Can a coordinated effort create a stable government?
Across the continent, rigged elections, ethnic violence, and failed power-sharing pacts hand Africa significant challenges to tackle in 2009.
Widely considered an obstacle to peace, Abdullahi Yusuf announced his resignation on Monday.