Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A History and Analysis of the African Union Mission (AMISOM), 2007-2017

ISBN : 9780198724544

Paul D. Williams
400 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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Fighting for Peace in Somalia provides the first comprehensive analysis of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a peace operation deployed in 2007 to stabilize the country and defend its fledgling government from one of the world's deadliest militant organizations, Harakat al-Shabaab. The book's two parts provide a history of the mission from its genesis in an earlier, failed regional initiative in 2005 up to mid-2017, as well as an analysis of the mission's six most important challenges, namely, logistics, security sector reform, civilian protection, strategic communications, stabilization, and developing a successful exit strategy. These issues are all central to the broader debates about how to design effective peace operations in Africa and beyond.


Part 1: History
1 Genesis: October 2004 - March 2007
2 Entry: March 2007 - January 2009
3 Stalemate: January 2009 - August 2010
4 Offensive: September 2010 - October 2011
5 Expansion: October 2011 - September 2012
6 Consolidation: September 2012 - December 2013
7 Surge: January 2014 - May 2017
Part 2: Challenges
8 Logistics
9 Security Sector Reform
10 Civilian Protection
11 Strategic Communications
12 Stabilization
13 Exit
Appendix A: A note on major Somali non-state armed groups
Appendix B: AMISOM's senior leadership, March 2007-August 2017
Appendix C: A note on AMISOM fatality estimates

About the author: 

Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Dr Williams is also a Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute in New York where he manages the Providing for Peacekeeping Project. Between 2014-15, Dr Williams served as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC. His publications include War and Conflict in Africa, second edition (Polity, 2016), Understanding Peacekeeping, second edition (Polity, 2010), and Providing Peacekeepers (co-edited with A.J. Bellamy, OUP, 2013).

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