RUSI Somalia Roundtable

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RUSImotif 2In  August 2011, the insurgent group al – Shabaab withdrew from Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu; a month later, Somalia’s leaders signed a Road Map which promised political reform, elections in 2012, and the possibility  of a stable government. These events held the promise of a new era of security and stability for Somalia. But the famine in Somalia, renewed al – Shabaab attacks on Kenyan and Somali government forces, and the kidnappings of tourists on the Kenya- Somalia border, indicate that Somalia’s crises are far from resolved. The African and global  community has a major investment in building stability and security in Somalia, but ultimately the country’s future is in the hands of its people. The RUSI Somalia Roundtable, which is hosted in partnership with the Brenthurst Foundation of South Africa, brings together key Somali, regional and international stakeholders to discuss the key developments in Somalia and the region, and the prospects for stability, security and development for this decade.

0930 - 1000          Registration/tea

1000 - 1200         Session 1:  A New Decade: A New Somalia?

Chair:                   Dr Knox Chitiyo, Royal United Services Institute     

Speaker:               Ms Sally Axworthy, Head, Somalia Unit, FCO,  "The UK and Somalia"

Speaker:               TFG Minister (TBA), "The TFG and Somalia's Future"

Speaker:              General Gheele Fahiya, Former Chief of Staff, Somalia Armed Forces, "Security in Somalia and the Region"

Speaker:              Mohamed Omaar, Former TFG Deputy Prime Minister, Topic TBA


1200 - 1300         Lunch

1300 - 1500         Session 2:   The Wider Context

Chair:                   Dr Knox Chitiyo, Royal United Services Institute

Speaker:               Mark Bowden, Head, UNDP Somalia, "The UNDP in Somalia"

Speaker:               Ms Rachel Meyers, First Secretary, US Embassy, London, "The US and Somalia"

Speaker:               Dr Admore Kambudzi, African Union Peace and Security Commission, "The AU Role during the Somali National Reconciliation Conference (2002-4) and the Road to AMISOM Deployment in 2007"

Speaker:               Ms Samia Shire, UK Somalia Diaspora, "The UK Somali Diaspora: Perspectives on Somalia"  

Speaker:               Roger Middleton, Chatham House, "Piracy in the Horn of Africa"


There is a limited availability of places for this event. To register, please contact Sabrina Downey

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