Local Level Impact of External Peace Interventions in Somalia

19 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2010

Date Written: August 31, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Menkhaus, Ken, Local Level Impact of External Peace Interventions in Somalia (August 31, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1669791 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1669791

Ken Menkhaus (Contact Author)

Davidson College ( email )

United States

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