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Somalia: After the London Conference

By   /  March 3, 2012  /  Columnists, Reports, Resaerch  /  1 Comment

Listen Download the report as PDF file The London Conference has no precedent in the amount of time and effort that the British government put into the subject of Somalia. The UK, remember, did not even provide troops for Operation Restore Hope (1992-5), offering only logistical support to UNOSOM II. Apart from the predictable flurry […]

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The Enigma of the London Conference on Somalia

By   /  March 2, 2012  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen If there is any consensus on the nature and the outcome of the London Conference on Somalia – that brought together representatives of over 50 nations that included a number of Muslim nations – it must be the fact that it was a puzzling event that raised much speculation. Now that the fanfare has […]

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London Conference stripped Somalia of its indivisibility, sovereignty and polity

By   /  February 29, 2012  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen The communiqué of February 23 Conference on Somalia, dominated by the International Contact Group (ICG) and the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia fell far short of all expectations. The promised new approach or step-change by the British leaders to tackle the root causes of insecurity and lack of functional government […]

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Negotiating an End to Somalia’s War with al Shabaab

By   /  February 26, 2012  /  Columnists, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

Listen In August 2011, after three years of fighting, forces backing the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) took control of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Although this was a welcome development, it was a short-term tactical gain. The strategy that the government and international community are now employing to stabilize Somalia neglects reconciliation with the […]

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Somalia can be reborn as a country of progress and prosperity

By   /  February 23, 2012  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen The term “failed state” was coined by President George W Bush to be the byword of US policy in Somalia. The country was put on the list of those associated with terrorism and, thereafter, any country that risked relations with Somalia was subject to American sanctions. As a result, the internationalcommunity was dissuaded from […]

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Will the London conference change Somalia’s future?

By   /  February 8, 2012  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The upcoming London Conference on Somalia is, potentially, a promising occasion to finally put the country on the road to peace, stability and democracy. Whether this opportunity is realised will be largely contingent upon the willingness and ability of the participants to chart a new course that takes full stock of the genuine and […]

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Why the International Community Has to Come Together to Help Somalia

By   /  February 5, 2012  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen In September 1992 Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd visited Mogadishu. He could not have known that it would be 20 years before any of his successors set foot in the country again. Shortly after his visit Britain’s Embassy was shut and Somalia plunged deeper into the vortex of suffering and violence that has consumed it […]

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London Conference: Somalia’s expectation for self governance disregarded

By   /  February 3, 2012  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen So far, the consultations for the preparation of the London Conference on Somalia have been described as mere presentations of seven pre-determined themes while the views and suggestions of the Somali participants have been characterized as ambitious, opposing, and non-operational. Sure, the Somali views are diverse, not filtered and opposing but they share the […]

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Only Turkey is showing solidarity with Somalia’s people

By   /  January 27, 2012  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The British government is holding a conference on the future of Somalia next month. In the last 20 years the east African country has suffered enormously – in the collapse of law and order, natural and human-made calamities, the displacements of its citizens, the rise of piracy and the spread of insurgent movements and […]

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London Conference: Somalia needs sovereign and effective Governance

By   /  January 23, 2012  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen For the first time in 22 years, the leader of western donor country, the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on November 14, 2011, the hosting of an International Conference on ‘Somalia’ not fiefdoms in London. In his speech entitled Foreign Policy in the National Interest, the PM described Somalia as ‘a failed State […]

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