Past event

POSTPONED: Somalia: A New Approach

Chatham House, London

Participants

Bronwyn Bruton, International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Sally Healy, Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Overview

DUE TO UNFORSEEABLE CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Even among failed states, Somalia stands apart. This event will launch the Council on Foreign Relations Special Report, sponsored by CFR's Center for Preventive Action, in which Bronwyn E Bruton argues that the current US policy of supporting the TFG is proving ineffective and costly.

Instead, Bruton advances a strategy of 'constructive disengagement.' Notably, this calls for the United States to signal that it will accept an Islamist authority in Somalia-including the Shabaab-as long as it does not impede international humanitarian activities and refrains from both regional aggression and support for international jihad. The report recommends continued air strikes to target foreign terrorists while taking care to minimize civilian casualties. It argues for a decentralized approach to distributing US foreign aid that works with existing local authorities and does not seek to build formal institutions. And the report counsels against an aggressive military response to piracy, making the case instead for initiatives to mobilize Somalis themselves against pirates.