Somalia's Peace And Security Suffers Amid Regional Conflict

Somalia became a failed state due to a protracted civil war after the demise of president Siad Barre, a dictatorial ruler, in 1991. Kenya and Ethiopia have been key allies in Somalia's peace and security matters for over a decade, especially in the fight against terror groups such as Al-Shabaab. Both countries are major troop-contributors to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). However, Kenya's diplomatic ties with Somalia are challenging Nairobi's role in the country, while Ethiopia's focus on Somalia seems to be shifting to the war in Tigray. Both issues threaten the operational capabilities and effectiveness of AMISOM in implementing its mandate. This could give al-Shabaab the chance to boost its activities in Somalia and beyond writes Institute for Security Studies.

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