Clinton met with Somalia's president Thursday and traveled to Tshwane (Pretoria) Friday. She must work with a continent most united by a desire to appear independent from the US.
In Kenya, she expressed dismay over rejection of human-rights tribunal – but emphasized shared trade and security interests.
'Dear Leader' Kim got his photo op. But will he get his way on bilateral nuclear talks?
One aim: to bolster relations with resource-rich countries where China has been aggressively extending its presence.
Tuesday, battles between government forces and Islamist militias in Mogadishu killed seven civilians. Experts say some of the militias might be open to dialogue with President Sharif.
Like the Somali-American from Minnesota who was killed this weekend, Tawakal Ahmed was recruited through mosques in Kenya to fight for Islamic militants in Mogadishu.
Five hundred people are arriving daily at an overcrowded aid camp in Kenya. Fighting has driven more than 159,000 from Mogadishu.
It has massed troops on the Somali border. Islamist militias have threatened retaliation if Kenya acts.
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 fiery Sheikh Dahir Aweys may be ready to hash out a peace deal, following weeks of fighting the moderate government of Sheikh Sharif Ahmed.