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Somalia

Population: 14.3 mn.
GDP: $6.21 bn.
Debt: $2.64 bn.

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Sheikh Hassan Dahir 'Aweys' breaks with Al Shabaab

Amid fresh fighting and political realignments, Aweys has escaped from his former allies in Al Shabaab and may now work with Mogadishu

Sheikh Hassan Dahir 'Aweys', the 78-year-old eminence grise of Somali Islamism, has broken with Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen (Al Shabaab) this week. Although Sheikh Aweys, who ...


Regions test Hassan Sheikh

The President is still finding his feet. Accepting his – or any – government’s authority is a challenge for the many interests at work

On 15 May and by a resounding margin, elders meeting at the Jubaland conference in the southern port of Kismayo elected Ahmed Mohamed Islaam ‘Madobe’ as President of the emerging r...


Hassan Sheikh at the wheel

This year’s conference was more about pledging funds for reconstruction than summoning the world to applaud a stunning success

London’s Somalia Conference arrived with a little less fanfare this year. The press conference was held in a smaller room, the United States Secretary of State and most African hea...


Progress but...

The follow-up to the 2012 London Conference on Somalia should be ‘a substantial conference with substantial outcomes’, said a senior British diplomat of the second London gatheri...


Deferring democracy

Local elections were meant to be a first democratic step but the territory’s leaders fear they could threaten stability

Whether or not Puntland is ‘ready for democracy’, the government has postponed the local elections due on 15 May. There is no clear notion of when, if ever, they will occur. Presid...


Security worsens

The head of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency, General Ahmed Moallim Fiqi, quit on 25 March amid growing fears about security in Mogadishu. The capital suffere...


Regional alliances shifting

New international forces like Qatar and President Hassan’s assertion of his independence are changing the balance of power

For weeks, diplomats in Kenya have fretted about the brewing discord between President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya. They finally met in Nairobi just b...


French Somalia raid ‘was a trap’

The raid by French Special Forces on 11 January on the place where Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen was believed to be holding a French intelligence officer may have been a trap,...


The longer war

The government came in on a wave of optimism but will find it tough to maintain momentum. Al Shabaab is on the back foot but not defeated

Optimism was high last September when President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud took office and appointed a cabinet led by Abdi Farah Shirdon ‘Said’ (AC Vol 53 No 22). The early promise has ...


Northern parts

Somaliland’s success story will come under growing regional pressure in 2013, partly because of developments in neighbouring Somalia. The key issue for Somaliland remains diplomati...


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