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Somalia: Al-Shabaab - It Will Be A Long War

Somalia Al Shabaab It Will Be A Long War Despite military gains against Somalia s Islamist group Al Shabaab the insurgents defeat will remain elusive until the Somali government and its international partners address longstanding social oft

  • Title: Somalia: Al-Shabaab - It Will Be A Long War
  • Author: International Crisis Group
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 440
  • Format: ebook
  • Despite military gains against Somalia s Islamist group Al Shabaab, the insurgents defeat will remain elusive until the Somali government and its international partners address longstanding social often clan based grievances through parallel local and national processes, as the basis for the revival of conventional governmental authority.To combat the entrenched, highDespite military gains against Somalia s Islamist group Al Shabaab, the insurgents defeat will remain elusive until the Somali government and its international partners address longstanding social often clan based grievances through parallel local and national processes, as the basis for the revival of conventional governmental authority.To combat the entrenched, highly adaptable extremist group Al Shabaab, the Somali Federal Government and its allies must better imitate the group s core political strengths The focus on military campaigns with little emphasis on encouraging political settlements in liberated areas is handing the initiative back to the insurgents In its latest briefing, Somalia Al Shabaab It Will Be a Long War, the International Crisis Group looks beyond Al Shabaab s extremist face and explains why the group remains resilient in south central Somalia.The briefing s major findings and recommendations are While Al Shabaab remains the focus for international actors, it is just one of several obstacles on the road to peace and stability And unlike many of its rivals in south central Somalia, the group still offers practical solutions to clan conflicts and minority representation, simple but effective governance and justice structures, and basic social services, including religious instruction in areas with scant primary education.Al Shabaab draws strength from an experienced cross clan leadership that despite internal tensions continues to offer a consistent and well articulated vision, propagated at the ground level through close engagement with Somali society, particularly in rural areas.Before further military campaigns continue especially in the large rural areas still controlled by Al Shabaab the Somali Federal Government, with its regional and wider international supporters, needs to begin national and local reconciliation efforts in liberated areas, as outlined in its National Stabilisation Strategy Local consultative bodies should be encouraged to generate political consensus and leadership, in tandem with term limited care taker administrations focused on rehabilitation of basic services For all its many mistakes, Al Shabaab has managed to appear independent of external political time tables and non Somali support Its schooling and training activities as well as its human and media networks in the region have allowed Al Shabaab to recruit new members, even in the face of greater security presence says Cedric Barnes, Horn of Africa Project Director That s been key to the group s continued control of both money and minds in many parts of Somalia At this stage, another military surge might be counterproductive, especially if foreign troops are leading the way , says EJ Hogendoorn, Africa Program Deputy Director The Somali Federal Government and its allies need to strike at the root of Al Shabaab s strength by imitating its grassroots political success and providing for local needs.

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      The International Crisis Group is an independent, non profit, non governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.Crisis Group was founded in 1995 as an international non governmental organisation on the initiative of a group of well known transatlantic figures who despaired at the international community s failure to anticipate and respond effectively to the tragedies in the early 1990s of Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia From small beginnings a two person office in London, and a tiny field staff in the Balkans and West Africa Crisis Group has grown very rapidly over the last decade It currently employs worldwide some 154 permanent staff, representing between them 53 nationalities and speaking 50 different languages, plus at any given time around 20 consultants and 40 interns Crisis Group publishes annually some 90 reports and briefing papers, as well as the CrisisWatch bulletin assessing every month the current state of play in some 70 countries or areas of actual or potential conflict.Crisis Group s international headquarters is in Brussels, and the organisation has offices or representation in 34 locations Abuja, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Bishkek, Bogot , Bujumbura, Cairo, Dakar, Damascus, Dubai, Gaza, Guatemala City, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Kabul, Kathmandu, London, Moscow, Nairobi, New York, Port au Prince, Pristina, Rabat, Sanaa, Sarajevo, Seoul, Tbilisi, Tripoli, Tunis and Washington DC.

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