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Garowe, Reconciliation & Federalism

On 18 September, a team from the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies traveled to Garowe, the capital of Puntland state of Somalia as part of a six-city field research on federalism. Read on..

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Al-Shabaab after Godane?

For over six years, has Ahmed Abdi Godane led al-Shabaab with a macabre mix of unbridled brutality and striking charisma.

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The Internship That Changed My Life

Having completed a 3 month internship program at the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS), Saida Hassan a graduate student at the University of Minnesota Education Department shares her reflections on, and perceptions of Somalia before and after her internship at the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS). Read on…

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Launching Federalism Dialogue in Baidoa

On August 23, 2014, a four member team from the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) visited the city of Baidoa to conduct a field research on ‘National Dialogue on Federalism’ as the first stop of a six-city field research on Federalism. Read below their reflections and impressions on the trip.

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Can any good come from Washington?

In July 2009, when U.S. President Barack Obama visited Africa, he conveyed an important message to African leaders that succinctly captured the crux of Africa’s malaise: “Africa doesn’t need strong men, it needs strong institutions.” It would appear that the leaders attending African summit in Washington next week have failed to heed his advice. Instead […]

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Pioneering Resignation in Somalia

The resignation of Abdikarim Hussein Guled, former Minister of National Security, represents a small but significant step towards democratic consolidation in Somalia.

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HIPS Director’s testimony at the US Senate

On 8 October, HIPS Director Abdi Aynte testified before the U.S. Senate Africa Subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee. The title of the hearing was “Security and Governance in Somalia: Consolidating Gains, Confronting Challenges and Charting the Path Forward”.

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Intern at HIPS – A Personal Reflection

The concept of having educated and committed Somali researchers influencing public policy, as opposed to third party individuals and institutions with little understanding of the reality and complexities on the ground, was profound to me. For me, the establishment of HIPS was huge. I remember thinking, ‘I want to be a part of that’.

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The Jubba Agreement: Imperfect Progress

The Agreement between the Somali Federal Government (SFG) and the leaders of the Jubba regions in Addis Ababa on 27 August is a much-needed break from a protracted stalemate between the two sides following the needless death and injury of hundreds of innocent Somalis

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