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SOMALIA: IGAD’s Shocking Memorandum of Understanding

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional organization for East African countries that include, among others, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, has recently published an unsigned and troubling Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which indicates that the new government of Somalia is allowing Kenya and Ethiopia to oversee  the “political and administrative arrangements in South-central Somalia.” [...]

Security in Somalia: Can it be Achieved?

“Live is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base”, Bowlby Filled with euphoria, Somalia is emerging from over twenty years of state collapse and some even say that Somalis are determined to rebuild the country this time. However, there are persisting security challenges despite recent military gains against Al-Shabaab, the [...]

Istanbul II: A Blueprint for Somali National Consensus

Turkey has just hosted an international conference on Somalia, bringing hundreds of Somalis representing the civil society groups from Somalia, including the religious and traditional elders, intellectuals, and activists to discuss and deliberate on the current challenges regarding the Somali State without external interference. This unique opportunity is the only such international conference held in [...]

London Conference on Somalia