IPI HomeEventsPanel DiscussionsIPI Hosts Lunchtime Policy Forum on "Somalia: New Hope for the Peace Process?"

 

print print  |  share share back back

Panel Discussions - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

IPI Hosts Lunchtime Policy Forum on "Somalia: New Hope for the Peace Process?"

On March 24, 2009, Professor Ken Menkhaus, Associate Professor of Political Science at Davidson College, and Mr. Jabril Ibrahim Abdulle, Director of the Mogadishu-based Centre for Research Dialogue, presented their views on the political and humanitarian challenges facing Somalia and the future prospects for peace in the country, during a lunchtime policy forum of academics, UN officials, diplomats, and NGO representatives.

IPI Senior Vice President and Director of Studies Dr. Edward C. Luck chaired the event.

Dr. Menkhaus and Mr. Abdulle spoke in depth about the political dynamics in Somalia in light of recent events: the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops, the resignation of President Abdullahi Yusuf and his replacement by moderate Islamist Sheik Sharif Ahmed, and the establishment of a more broad-based parliament than had previously existed. The speakers also addressed a variety of other critical issues facing Somalia, ranging from the humanitarian crisis in the south and central parts of the country and the rise of piracy, to the influence of the Shabab and the role of the African Union mission in Mogadishu. Underpinning the discussion was a cautious optimism that Somalia may be on the road to peace after eighteen years of civil strife. Along these lines, the speakers offered suggestions for how the international community can best nurture the fragile Djibouti peace process.

read full transcript of event (pdf)

Chair
Dr. Edward C. Luck,
Senior Vice President and Director of Studies, IPI

Speakers
Prof. Ken Menkhaus,
Associate Professor of Political Science, Davidson College

Mr. Jabril Ibrahim Abdulle,
Director, Centre for Research and Dialogue, Mogadishu

The Global Observatory

Can Russia Reshape Ukraine Without Firing a Shot?
To protect its interests, Russia is pushing for the federalization of Ukraine through economic influence and propaganda, but use of force could still be possible.

Key Global Events to Watch in April
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

April 05, 2014
IPI Opens Middle East Regional Office
International Peace Institute President Terje Rød-Larsen inaugurated IPI’s new Middle East Regional Office with a recognition of the area’s critical importance to the world and the rapid political changes underway in the countries of the region, and he asserted that IPI has an “important role” to play there.

March 26, 2014
Derek Plumbly on Lebanese Resilience Amid Rising Challenges
Lebanon has exceeded expectations in dealing with the continuing fallout from the crisis in neighboring Syria, said Derek Plumbly, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, on March 26th. Speaking at the International Peace Institute, Mr. Plumbly praised the Lebanese people for “actually sustaining a measure of stability in their country.”

March 25, 2014
Adebajo, Panel Discuss African and African-American Nobel Peace Laureates
The ten Africans and three African-Americans who have won the Nobel Peace Prize comprise a complex group of peace leaders, said Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director of Centre for Conflict Resolution, on March 25th. He spoke as part of a panel at the International Peace Institute’s launch of Africa’s Peacemakers, Nobel Laureates of African Descent, edited by Mr. Adebajo.

View More