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Can Somalia’s new president patch relations with the AU?

The African Union (AU) has been central to Somalia’s slow journey towards stability. Among other things, its African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has...

After Taliban, Will Al-Shabab Negotiate?

The Taliban and the United States have reached an unlikely agreement which will allow some U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan, and pave the way...
Somalia and the fallouts of an election deadlock

Somalia and the fallouts of an election deadlock

After nearly a year, since the end of the constitutional term of both lawmakers and the president, Somalia is grappling to conduct the long-awaited...

Afghanistan Collapse and Strikes in Somalia Raise Snags for Drone Warfare Rules

The Biden administration has nearly completed a policy to govern counterterrorism drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional war zones, but the abrupt collapse...

Why Somalia’s grand strategies aren’t working?

Somalia’s security challenges are almost always discussed at the macro level. For nearly a decade, the federal government and its international partners have looked...

Biden Officials Open to Tightening Law Authorizing War on Terrorist Groups

The Biden administration is open to several potential ways to tighten a much-stretched 2001 law that serves as the domestic legal basis for the...

Somalia: Long-awaited elections see youth and women candidates pressing for change

When the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) in Somalia started receiving candidate papers for the Somali Senate elections (54 seats), hotels in the capital...
The maritime tussle between Kenya and Somalia – and what happens next

The maritime tussle between Kenya and Somalia – and what happens next

Following a maritime boundary dispute, Somalia instituted proceedings against Kenya at the International Court of Justice in August 2014. The two east African neighbours...

Somalia Must Replace Its Military and Security Chiefs

Since his election in 2017, Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” (of the Darod/Marehan clan) has increasingly politicized his security agencies. While changeovers within...
Researcher: Talks with al-Shabaab only way forward

Researcher: Talks with Al-Shabaab only way forward

Internal power struggles and external interventions have shaped Somali politics for decades. The only way to resolve the situation, according to NAI researcher Redie...