A Tale of Silent Security in Little Mogadishu

Margaret Monyani • Jul 27 2018 • Articles

Securitizing migration, the Kenyan state creates silent security by allowing influential voices to link Somali refugees within its borders to terrorist networks.

Interview – Andy Wolff

E-International Relations • Aug 31 2015 • Features

Director Andy Wolff talks about piracy and acquisition of information by experience, through the many subjects he tackles in his documentaries – a useful reminder for IR.

Neither Desperate Nor Stronger: The Adaptation of Al Shabaab

David H. Shinn • Jul 3 2015 • Articles

Despite international pressure, Al Shabaab has done a good job of avoiding defeat and adapting to new challenges throughout East Africa.

Review – Somali Piracy and Terrorism

Karl Sörenson • Nov 20 2013 • Features

Daniels’ popular non-fiction approach to the the topic of piracy and terrorism in Somalia provides anecdotal ‘evidence’ but little new in terms of fact or theoretical advances.

Review – Somalia: The New Barbary?

Abdi Ismail Samatar • Aug 3 2013 • Features

Unfortunately, Murphy’s book is a neo-colonial rendering of piracy: neither a worthy introduction to piracy and Islam in Somalia, nor does it provide new material or analysis for the trained eye.

Somalia: Security, AMISOM, Governance, Al-Shabaab and the Future

David H. Shinn • Sep 26 2012 • Articles

This is not the time for the international community to try to control Somalia. Rather, it is time for the Somali government to step up and do what good governments are expected to do.

Revisiting the UN-Controlled Constitution-Making Process for Somalia

Afyare Abdi Elmi • Sep 2 2012 • Articles

When it comes to constitution-making, the process is vitally important. Somalia’s constitution-making process is deeply flawed. Political expedience, secrecy, exclusion and hastiness overshadow the entire outcome.

Where to for Somali State-building Since London and Istanbul Conferences?

Michael Walls • Jul 28 2012 • Articles

While it is clear that the great majority of Somalis wish to find a path to peace, it is not at all clear that they support a strong, central government.

Getting Somalia Wrong

Mary Harper • May 9 2012 • Articles

By presenting Somalia as the world’s worst country, elements of the media are not only doing Somalia a disservice, they are blinding the world to the opportunities the country has to offer.

International Efforts to Counter Al-Shabaab

David H. Shinn • Feb 20 2012 • Articles

While foreign forces in Somalia that oppose al-Shabaab can help degrade its capacity, they cannot defeat al-Shabaab any more than al-Shabaab and its foreign jihadis can defeat the forces aligned against them.

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