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Somalia: Puntland’s Punted Polls

Africa Briefing N°97, 19 December 2013

Somalia

Puntland’s presidential election, scheduled for January, threatens to exacerbate clan tensions and polarise the population. To keep the regional state on the path of democratisation, deep investment from local, national and international actors will be crucial. 

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Somalia: Puntland’s Punted Polls, Africa Briefing N°97, 19 Dec 2013

Puntland’s presidential election, scheduled for January, threatens to exacerbate clan tensions and polarise the population. To keep the regional state on the path of democratisation, deep investment from local, national and international actors will be crucial. 

Assessing Turkey’s Role in Somalia, Africa Briefing N°92, 8 Oct 2012

As a new Somali government is established, Turkey’s engagement in the war-ravaged country must be thoughtful and carefully coordinated so as not to lead to yet another failed international intervention.

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Somalia: An Opportunity that Should Not Be Missed, Africa Briefing N°87, 22 Feb 2012

If the international community can agree on but a few core policies, there is the best chance in years to foster peace in Somalia.

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Somalia: The Transitional Government on Life Support, Africa Report N°170, 21 Feb 2011

If Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) – incompetent, corrupt and hobbled by weak leadership – does not reform within six months, the international community should withdraw support and concentrate on more effective local administrations.

Somalia’s Divided Islamists, Africa Briefing N°74, 18 May 2010

Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) must engage dissidents among the country’s insurgent groups in order to strengthen its authority and combat al-Qaeda inspired extremists.

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Somaliland: A Way out of the Electoral Crisis, Africa Briefing N°67, 7 Dec 2009

The stalled electoral process has plunged Somaliland into a serious political crisis that presents yet another risk of destabilisation for the region. If its hard-won political stability collapses under the strain of brinkmanship and intransigence, clan leaders might remobilise militias, in effect ending its dream of independence.

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Somalia: The Trouble with Puntland, Africa Briefing N°64, 12 Aug 2009

The semi-autonomous north-eastern Somali region of Puntland, once touted as a success of the “building blocks” approach to reestablishing national stability and widely viewed as one of the most prosperous parts of Somalia, is experiencing a three-year rise in insecurity and political tension.

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Somalia: To Move Beyond the Failed State, Africa Report N°147, 23 Dec 2008

Since 1991 Somalia has been the archetypal failed state. Several attempts to create a transitional set-up have failed, and the current one is on the brink of collapse, overtaken yet again by an Islamist insurgency, despite the support of an Ethiopian military intervention since December 2006. Over the last two years the situation has deteriorated into one of the world’s worst humanitarian and security crises.

Somalia: The Tough Part Is Ahead, Africa Briefing N°45, 26 Jan 2007

Somalia’s Islamic Courts fell even more dramatically than they rose. In little more than a week in December 2006, Ethiopian and Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces killed hundreds of Islamist fighters and scattered the rest in a lightning offensive. On 27 December, the Council of Somali Islamic Courts in effect dissolved itself, surrendering political leadership to clan leaders.

Can the Somali Crisis Be Contained?, Africa Report N°116, 10 Aug 2006

Somalia has been drifting toward a new war since the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) was formed in late 2004 but the trend has recently accelerated dramatically.

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Somalia at crossroads, should not squander great opportunity

Abdi Hashi
Hürriyet Daily News, 31 May 2012

الصومال على مفترق طرق

Abdirashid Hashi
صحيفة الشرق الاوسط, 17 May 2012

Somalia faces acid test ahead of new order

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Daily Nation, 12 May 2012
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