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Fragmented Peacekeeping: The African Union in Somalia

Peter Albrecht and Cathy Haenlein
RUSI Journal, 14 March 2016
Organised Crime and Policing, Horn of Africa, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, Terrorism, Africa
Structural fragmentation hampers AMISOM’s pursuit of its goal of stabilising Somalia

From uncertain beginnings, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has grown, over almost ten years, into the regional organisation’s largest peace-support operation. Bolstered by a multilayered mission architecture through which the UN and bilateral donors provide financial, logistical and technical support, it has achieved important gains against the jihadi Islamist organisation Al-Shabaab. The apparent viability of these partnerships has seen AMISOM hailed as a successful model of collaboration between regional and international structures. Peter Albrecht and Cathy Haenlein examine a less-studied dimension of this model, namely the intersection of these arrangements with the structural fragmentation that has increasingly come to define the mission.

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Cathy Haenlein
Director, Organised Crime and Policing

Cathy Haenlein is Director of the Organised Crime and Policing research group and Senior Research Fellow at RUSI, with expertise in... read more

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