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11 Jan 2019 description

Mogadishu’s expulsion of the UN Special Envoy illustrates how not to deal with al-Shabaab – or manage federalism.

By Peter Fabricius

The decision by the Somali government to expel United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to the country Nicholas Haysom last week speaks volumes about why Somalia is struggling to achieve political stability and peace.

08 Jan 2019 description

U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential crises or conflicts around the world in the coming year in CFR’s annual survey.

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07 Jan 2019 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Colombia, Mali, and Somalia. It also provides an update on the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict conclusion negotiations on the Secretary-General’s update report on the situation of children and armed conflict in Myanmar.

04 Jan 2019 description

Thank you Mr. President,

I arrived in Somalia on 3 October and have been well received by prominent officials of the Federal Government and of the regional states.

I have been impressed with the Federal Government’s far-reaching reform agenda and their commitment to practical implementation through roadmaps for delivery in each relevant sector. Somalia has maintained a positive trajectory but continuing political turbulence could throw it off course.

03 Jan 2019 description
report UN Security Council

3 JANUARY 2019

Mogadishu Delegate Says Al-Shabaab Members Cannot Assume Opposition Leadership without Undergoing Rehabilitation

While Somalia has maintained a positive trajectory — marked by a “far‑reaching” reform agenda and expanded domestic revenues — ongoing political turbulence could throw it off course, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for that country warned the Security Council today.

03 Jan 2019 description

Mogadishu, 2 January 2019, The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has condemned yesterday’s mortar attack on AMISOM Basecamp in Mogadishu, Somalia. “The attack is another proof that the militants have no regard for the sanctity of human life. They insist on scuttling the progress so far achieved in restoring peace and security in the country,” said Ambassador Francisco Madeira.

02 Jan 2019 description
report UN Security Council

José Singer (Dominican Republic) said at a Headquarters press conference today that his country’s January presidency of the Security Council will be guided by the United Nations principles of peace, social justice and the rule of law, as it assumes its two-year non-permanent membership.

28 Dec 2018 description
report UN General Assembly



Multilateralism Only Viable Response, Assembly President Says, as Secretary-General Hails Peace Efforts in Horn of Africa, Korean Peninsula

Amid the backdrop of rising unilateralism and large-scale migration, world leaders attending the General Assembly united under the theme of making the United Nations relevant to all people, stressing that only through a multilateral rules-based order can the international community meet emerging challenges.

27 Dec 2018 description


The Dominican Republic takes on the presidency of the Security Council in January. As its signature event it has chosen to hold an open debate on the impact of climate-related disasters on international peace and security, which will be chaired by President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic.

24 Dec 2018 description

Against all sensible advice, the Federal Government of Somalia muscled in on a local election to shove aside an Islamist conservative candidate. It scored a tactical victory but created significant additional risk for the country already wracked by conflict and divided along regional and clan lines.

Rashid Abdi, Project Director, Horn of Africa

20 Dec 2018 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 817th meeting held on 11 December 2018, considered the report of its field mission to Somalia that was undertaken from 26 to 28 November 2018 and adopted the following decision:


19 Dec 2018 description


What are the key lessons or best practices regarding local governance in conflict contexts similar to South Sudan? Although no two conflicts are alike, many have comparable areas of dispute and it is therefore possible for lessons learned to be discussed in relevant examples. This review looks at lessons learned from local governance initiatives and experiences in other fragile and conflict-affected states.

19 Dec 2018 description

The first report for the current UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2018 to 2022 (NAP) reviews UK progress in delivering our commitments over the past year. It forms part of wider efforts to ensure that the UK’s foreign policy consciously and consistently protects and includes women and girls. It was laid in Parliament with a ministerial statement by the Foreign Secretary.

18 Dec 2018 description

Key developments in Africa in the week of December 9th include the show of force by Boko Haram suicide attackers in Cameroon, the election-related violence in the DRC and Somalia, and continued rise in protests in Northern Africa.

13 Dec 2018 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 12 December 2018

The European Commission has adopted eleven new programmes for the Horn of Africa under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

13 Dec 2018 description


Today, the humanitarian system is under unprecedented strain. Whether due to natural or human-induced crises, the disasters unfolding across the world are not only more frequent, they are also more complex.

The international humanitarian community is increasingly faced with the need to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and crises that are characterized by a combination of multiple and compounding vulnerabilities.

05 Dec 2018 description

Mogadishu, 04 December 2018 – As part of initiatives to boost security in the regional states, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), on Monday handed over a newly constructed police station in the Farjano district within Kismayo town, to Jubbaland State authorities.

30 Nov 2018 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 810TH meeting held on 22 November 2018, adopted the following decision on the situation in the Horn of Africa:


  1. Takes note of the briefings by Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security on the developments in the Horn of Africa, as well as the statements made by the representatives of the countries of the Horn of Africa, namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan;

27 Nov 2018 description

Key trends in Africa in the week of November 18th include the large campaigns launched against Islamist militants in Mali and Somalia and the high Boko Haram activity in Niger and Nigeria. Other relevant developments include the political tensions in DRC and Gabon, and the multiplication of protests in Tunisia.