Somalia: A New Approach
Bronwyn Bruton, Author and International Affairs Fellow, Council of Foreign Relations
Respondent: Abdirisak Aden, former Permanent Secretary, Department for Information, Transitional Federal Government of Somalia
Chair: Dr Laura Hammond, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, SOAS
The Council on Foreign Relations Special Report, sponsored by CFR's Center for Preventive Action, Somalia: A New Approach, argues that the current US policy of supporting the Transitional Federal Government is proving ineffective and costly. The author, Bronwyn E Bruton, will discuss the report in which she 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.
This event was originally scheduled for 22 April 2010.