Local Level Impact of External Peace Interventions in Somalia
19 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2010
Date Written: August 31, 2010
Twenty years of external mediation and intermittent peace operations in Somalia have failed to end the Somali crisis and have in some ways made things worse. Two schools of thought – one emphasizing missed opportunities on the part of outside actors, the other stressing the intractability of the Somali crisis – possess powerful evidence and arguments to make their case. This paper reviews the history of peace interventions in Somalia since 1988 with the aim of assessing which interpretations have more explanatory power.
Keywords: Somalia, peacebuilding, mediation, intractable conflicts
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