Challenges of Influence, Impartiality and Disengagement
This chapter presents a brief review of the African Union Mission in Somalia's (AMISOM) origins, growth, and performance from a Somali peace-building and conflict transformation perspective. It also draws lessons for future international security cooperation as spelt out in the May 2017 New Partnership for Somalia. Employing a comparative contextual analysis approach, the chapter takes stock of AMISOM's intervention against some key objectives listed in its mandate and seeks to answer the question of how the conflict landscape in south-central Somalia has changed since the deployment of AMISOM. It asks whether AMISOM's multi-pronged strategy of complementing the dominant military approaches with support to the Federal Government of Somalia in reconciliation, dialogue, and peace-building has been successful. The chapter also examines AMISOM's military and non-military measures to catalyse progress towards the objective for which this mission was set in motion in 2007.
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