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Electoral roads to federalism

As the country goes to the polls, the base is broader but will the government that emerges be more legitimate than its predecessors?

Four years ago, general elections took place in Mogadishu in a hectic atmosphere created mostly by an international community determined to show that the political transition was o...

Coordinated exit

In June, General Edward Katumba Wamala, Chief of the Defence Forces, announced plans to withdraw Ugandan troops from Somalia by the end of 2017. That echoed recent signs from Kenya...

Stand-off over Dadaab

Refugee experts and diplomats are divided on whether Kenya is serious about its stated intention to close down the huge Dadaab refugee camp in November, Africa Confidential is told...

US comes to struggling Amisom's aid

The African Union member countries are at odds, leaving US air power – and some propaganda – to make up for military failures

The international coalition against Al Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen has been relying recently on a war of words – as well as United States drones and Special Forces – to keep u...

Amisom struggles

A funding gap and a string of defeats head a long list of problems for the African alliance fighting Islamist militants

The health of the African Union Mission in Somalia is still in question after the leaders of the troop-contributing countries ended a crucial summit on its financing and its future...

Al Shabaab sees off Da'ish

Al Qaida's loyalists ruthlessly purged the militia of Da'ish sympathisers after they tried to take over

For many Somali government officials, the recent visit by a senior British general confirmed what many already knew: sticking to the Western agenda of security fears earns more res...

Division all around

Special interests hamper the federal project, while a split in Al Shabaab threatens devastating consequences for Kenya

This was supposed to be the year Somalia moved to a national electoral register and elected a president. Instead, the scene is set for rising tension among the 'regional entities' ...

The Brits are coming

Curiosity is growing as to why business people close to the Conservative Party are so interested in such an unstable part of the world

Somalia has long been seen as too risky for even the hardiest foreign investors but now a new band of British money-men, adventurers and politicians is setting up shop there. A for...

The who and the how of the presidency

Politicians gathered to agree how to choose the next president, while ISIS failed in a bid to take over Al Shabaab

Somalia's political elite has been trying to come up with a credible formula for choosing a new President next year. On 20 October, they gathered to thrash out options and after so...

The oil and the spoils

The quest for oil is hotting up and fuelling tension between Mogadishu and Puntland. A proposed moratorium may not cool tempers

Neither the whiff of scandal nor the investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in Britain into the activities of the UK company Soma Oil and Gas have dampened investor enthus...

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