Fighting for Peace in Somalia: The African Union’s War against al-Shabaab


24 May 2019


Egmont Institute, 1000 Brussels

Expert seminar with Professor Paul D. Williams, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

Drawing from his new book, Fighting for Peace in Somalia, Prof. Paul Williams will present an overview of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), an operation deployed in 2007 to stabilize the country and defend its fledgling government from one of the world’s deadliest militant organizations, Harakat al-Shabaab. He will summarize AMISOM’s history over the last twelve years and discuss the mission’s six most important challenges, namely, logistics, security sector reform, civilian protection, strategic communications, stabilization, and developing a successful exit strategy. These issues are all central to the broader debates about how to design effective peace operations in Africa and beyond.

View his PPT-presentation.

(Photo credit: AMISOM public information)