The event was held at Overseas Development Institute in London UK on 14 March 2018 16:30 – 18:00 GMT
Contributing chair: Mary Harper,
Speakers: Rashid Abdi, Michael Keating, Ken Menkhaus, and Sara Pantuliano
Five panelists address four key questions at this event on Somalia’s future:
- How should we address the conflict drivers in Somalia?
- What should the Government of Somalia do to mitigate the risk of uncertainty with the pending withdrawal of Mission (AMISOM)?
- Should the African Union play a bigger role in containing and defusing conflicts caused by Al-Shabaab?
- How can the international community support Somalia to foster peace and national reconciliation?
Sara Pantuliano is a Managing Director at ODI, where she has led the humanitarian team for six years. She is a member of the Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Managing Editor of Disasters Journal and a Trustee of IRIN news and SOS Sahel
Rashid Abdi is the International Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa Project Director based in Nairobi. Formerly, he was Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa Senior Analyst specialising in security issues in the region.
Mary Harper is the Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and author of ‘Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State’. She is a fellow at the Rift Valley Institute and the Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute for Policy Studies
Michael Keating is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.
Kenneth Menkhaus is a political scientist and a professor at Davidson College in North Carolina, where he has taught since 1991. Dr Menkhaus is a specialist on Somalia and the Horn of Africa, where he’s published more than 100 articles, book chapters, monographs, and reports, including Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism and ‘Somalia Conflict Analysis’.