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Options To End Somalia’s Current Political Stalemate

Options To End Somalia’s Current Political Stalemate

Somalia has entered a dangerous political stalemate that could unravel the significant progress made on peace-building and state building since the end of the transition in 2012. The announcement on 8 September 2018 by the leaders of five federal member states to suspend cooperation with the Federal Government is alarming on many levels, not least because such a coordinated action by the states is unprecedented. The response – or lack of it – by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) on a crisis of this magnitude is a further cause for serious concern. More than ever before, it is essential that the two sides engage in serious dialogue, in order to reach viable and sustainable compromises.

Somalia Needs a Cogent Foreign Policy Agenda

Somalia Needs a Cogent Foreign Policy Agenda

After decades of being a backwater failed nation largely defined by civil wars, famine, piracy and terrorism, Somalia is suddenly finding itself at the center of arguably the most convulsing geopolitical conflict in a generation.

Somalia needs conciliatory not confrontational politics

Somalia needs conciliatory not confrontational politics

On October 14 Mogadishu was rocked by the deadliest explosion in its history, killing more than 400 people and injuring hundreds of others. Reliable figures are hard to come by, but the blast, which flattened the buildings around the clogged Zoppe Junction in the Hodan district, has caused mayhem and material destruction estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

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