Islamism in Somalia
Rashid Abdi, International Crisis Group
Chair: Sally Healy, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
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The growth of Al Shabaab and groups like Hizbul Islam is drawing increasing attention from policy-makers. Since the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia it is these groups, particularly Al Shabaab, who have taken control of most of South Central Somalia. Despite his Islamist routes President Shariff, head of the internationally-backed government, has been unable to stem the growth of more radical groups and analysts are beginning to question the efficacy of an approach that rules out interaction with Al Shabaab and others.
Rashid Abdi will discuss the growth of these groups, and other Islamic organisations like Ahlu Sunna Wa'al Jama'a, the role they play in contemporary Somali politics and prospects for the future.