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International Engagement on Somalia

The Africa Programme at Chatham House has analyzed the situation in Somalia for some years, this has included hosting high level events, and building up considerable expertise on the country for decision makers and policy analysts, as well as forming extensive links with the Somali diaspora in the UK and elsewhere.


ldnsomaliaSomalia's Future
Ahmed Soliman writes that regional and international players will determine whether Somalia's new government will succeed, and Dominik Balthasar comments on the prospects for Somalia's New Deal.

AudienceDiaspora Consultation on Somalia
This event brought together key thinkers and activists within the Somali diaspora to discuss issues affecting the future of Somalia's state and governance structures. A summary outlines the main findings.

SomaliaSomalia's Transition: What Role for Sub-National Entities?
Somalia's new president gave his views on the country's political future, including building the legitimacy of the state, the role of the regions, and the need to bolster the rule of law.

Further Resources

What Somalia Needs Most is Peace, Stability
Business Daily
Ahmed Soliman, May 2013 

Somalia: Views from the Frontline
Meeting Summary, May 2013

Somalia's Future: Building a Unified Regional State
Meeting Summary, April 2013

Human Development in Post-Transition Somalia
HE Dr Maryan Qasim, Minister for Human Development and Public Services, Federal Republic of Somalia
Meeting Summary, March 2013

Building a Stable Somalia
HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia
Event Audio, Transcript, Video, February 2013 

Stability and Development in Somalia
Alex Vines, November 2012

Security at Sea: Piracy off the Somali Coast in 2012
Adjoa Anyimadu, November 2012 

Moving Towards a Multi-party System in Puntland
Dr Mohamed Hassan Barre, Chairman, Puntland Electoral Commission, October 2012  

The EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa: A Critical Assessment of Impacts and Opportunities
European Parliament Report
Ahmed Soliman, Alex Vines, Jason Mosley, September 2012 

Coordinating an International Approach to the Payment of Ransoms
Discussion Documents
Adjoa Anyimadu, August 2012

Turkey and the Horn of Africa: Emerging Interests and Relations
June 2012 

End of the Roadmap: Somalia after the London and Istanbul Conferences
Programme Paper,
Jason Mosley, June 2012

Islamism and Politics in Somalia
Meeting Summary
Dr Abdurahman M Abdullahi (Baadiyow), Director of Political Office, Al Islah; and Presidential Candidate, Somalia, June 2012

Cash and Compassion: The Role of the Somali Diaspora in Relief, Development and Peace-building
Meeting Summary
Dr Laura Hammond, Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); Dr Ali Ibrahim Dagane, Food Security and Livelihoods Specialist, March 2012

The Road Ahead: Somalia's Future and International Engagement
Event Audio, Transcript and Video
HE Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Prime Minister of Somalia, February 2012

British Government Consultation with the UK-based Somali Diaspora
Meeting Summary, February 2012

What Can the West Do to Help Somalia?

A New Effort to Help Somalia
William Hague MP, UK Foreign Secretary, February 2012

Treasure Mapped: Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Developmental Effects of Somali Piracy
Programme Paper
Anja Shortland, January 2012

Somalia's Transition: What Role for Sub-National Entities?
Meeting Report, January 2012

Somaliland's Place in the World
Meeting Report
December 2011

Hostage to Conflict: Prospects for Building Regional Economic Cooperation in the Horn of Africa

Chatham House Report
Sally Healy, November 2011

Puntland and Somalia: The Year Ahead
HE Abdirahman Mohamud Farole, President of the Puntland State of Somalia, October 2011

Kenya Ignores Ethiopia's Lesson
Expert Comment
Roger Middleton, October 2011

Famine in Somalia: Problems with the International Response

Expert Comment
Rob Bailey, July 2011

A New Prime Minister for Somalia
Expert Comment
Sally Healy, June 2011

Somali Investment in Kenya
Briefing Paper
Farah Abdulsamed, March 2011

More resources on Somalia are available on the Horn of Africa Project page.

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