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War and Peace in Somalia

Edited by Michael Keating and Matt Waldman

Published in print March 2019 | ISBN: 9780190947910
Published online June 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190055929 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190947910.001.0001
War and Peace in Somalia

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For the last thirty years Somalia has experienced violence and upheaval. Today, the international effort to help Somalis build a federal state and achieve stability is challenged by deep-rooted grievances, local conflicts and a powerful insurgency led by Al-Shabaab. This book constitutes a unique compendium of insights into the insurgency and its impact. It explores the legacies of past violence, especially impunity, illegitimacy, and exclusion, and the need for national reconciliation. Drawing on decades of experience and months of field research, the chapters throw light on diverse forms of local conflict, its interrelated causes, and what can be done about it. Original research is shared on the role of women, men, and youth in the conflict, and new insight into Al-Shabaab is presented — particularly the group's multi-dimensional strategy, the motivations of its fighters, their foreign links, and the prospects for engagement. The book illuminates the war in Somalia and sets out what can and should be done to bring it to an end.

Keywords: Somalia; federal state; stability; insurgency; Al-Shabaab; conflict resolution; violence; impunity; national reconciliation; local conflict

Book.  480 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Conflict Politics

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Looma Dhama in War and Peace in Somalia

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Neither Inevitable nor Accidental in War and Peace in Somalia

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Governing Endemic Crises in War and Peace in Somalia

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Remedying the Legacy of State Collapse in War and Peace in Somalia

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Ending Impunity in War and Peace in Somalia

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Achieving Local Reconciliation in Somalia in War and Peace in Somalia

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State-Building Amidst Conflict in War and Peace in Somalia

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Supporting Local Reconciliation in War and Peace in Somalia

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Local Reconciliation in Somalia in War and Peace in Somalia

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