Somalia’s Sullied Security

Abukar Arman examines Somalia’s perilous security crisis and potential future roles for the international community. “We cannot have our right hand tied in our back and be asked to defend ourselves with our crippled left hand.” – Abdirahman Sheikh Issa The recent al-Shabaab attack at the heart of the government’s compound, Villa Somalia, marks a turning point; both in terms […]

March 19th, 2014|Conflict|0 Comments|

Will I send as much money home to Somalia as my Mum does?

LSE’s Adil Garane examines the culture of remittances among Somali migrants in London and how likely the practice is to continue with successive generations in the diaspora. In a podcast of the LSE public lecture featuring University of Oxford’s Paul Collier discussing the mass exodus and the effects of migration from the poor south to the rich north in response […]

New Puntland President Likely to Revive Somalia’s Federal Agenda

LSE alumnus Dominik Balthasar says that the election Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas as new leader of Puntland is likely to lead to the renewal of federal ties to Somalia. The third presidential election in Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland has brought about a change in leadership that might help enhance stability in the Horn of Africa. While it is too […]

Gulf states have a moral obligation to stop importing Somali charcoal

Farah M. Mohamed says that high charcoal exports to the Gulf States are steering Somalia towards an environmental calamity. While the world has been debating whether or not the Somali arms embargo should be lifted, Somalia has been facing a little known, but hugely challenging, environmental disaster. Since the collapse of the central government in 1991, Somalia has been a […]

Terrorism and Media Timidity

Abukar Arman explores the media’s coverage of bombings in America and Somalia to suggest a global convergence in the manner such incidents are reported. This post originally appeared on Global Policy. The recent terrorist attacks that took place in Mogadishu and Boston were not just intended to kill and mutilate many civilians, but to create widespread terror, disarray, and insecurity […]

June 5th, 2013|Conflict|0 Comments|

The 2013 London Conference on Somalia: “New Deal” But Old Principles? #Somalia2013

While the Communiqué that came out of the 2013 London Conference on Somalia reiterated the formal agreement on the “New Deal” initiative on aid effectiveness, it appears to have ultimately restricted the Somali government’s political room for manoeuvre. This largely results from the summit’s emphasis on outcomes over processes, which not only jeopardises the ‘New Deal’, but risks complicating rather […]

الجهات المانحة الإفريقية والملكية الصومالية:الفيل في مؤتمرالصومال لسنة 2013

  كأول رئيس دائم للصومال في عقدين يستعد للحصول على ملكية إعادة إعمار البلاد التي مزقتها الحرب، يبحث جوناثان فيشر من جامعة برمنغهام فيما إذا كان اللاعبون الإقليميون مثل كينيا وإثيوبيا وأوغندا مستعدة للتخلي  عن  سيطرتها في الصومال. هذا المقال نشر في  بلوق قسم التنمية الدولية في جامعة برمنغهام.          وهكذا انتهى المؤتمر. بعد أشهر من التحضير، وعدم الرضا عن […]

African donors and Somali ownership: The elephant at the #Somalia2013 Conference

As Somalia’s first permanent President in two decades readies to take ownership of the war-torn country’s reconstruction, Jonathan Fisher of the University of Birmingham looks at whether regional players such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda are ready to cede control. This article is cross-posted from the International Development Department blog at University of Birmingham. And so it ends. After months […]

#Somaliland women discuss their view of leadership

As presented at a recent LSE Africa seminar series, SOAS’s Siham Rayale discusses what leadership means to the women of Somaliland. Women in Somaliland have taken on leadership positions in novel ways since the end of the civil war. They have translated their participation during the early peace process into leaders of civil society organisations, political institutions, and grassroots campaigners […]

Piracy in Somalia costs billions

For every $120 million seized by pirates in Somalia, the cost to the shipping industry and the end consumer is between $0.9 and $3.3 billion, according to research by Tim Besley (LSE and the IGC Steering Group), Thiemo Fetzer (LSE) and Hannes Mueller (Barcelona GSE). This money is enough to employ well over a million Somalis for a whole year. […]

January 14th, 2013|Economics|1 Comment|

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