Somalia: The Road to 2016
On Tuesday, June 9th, IPI hosted Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (UNSOM), and Ambassador Maman Sambo Sidikou, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, who discussed the future of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the challenges Somalia faces as it prepares for a transfer of presidential and parliamentary power next year.
Mr. Kay termed 2015 the “year of federalism and delivery.” The first five months of the year have seen progress made on this agenda. Somalia is a country, once mired in conflict, which has progressively better functioning governance, where political dialogue is replacing the rule of the gun, and where violent extremism is being countered. Yet much more remains to be done in the run up to the electoral processes scheduled for 2016.
The event was moderated by IPI Senior Adviser, John Hirsch.