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Raad Peace Research Institute (RPRI) is a leading research institute founded in 2018 by a well-known experts with a unique and extensive experience and knowledge in the East and the Horn of Africa regions. It has its main office in Mogadishu, Somalia, and operates regionally in the East and the Horn of Africa regions. It conducts inter and multiciliary research that generates solid and actionable evidence to inform robust policy towards conflicts, peace, security, and development in both regions.

Ending ‘Forever War’ in Somalia: Negotiating with Al-Shabaab

The election of a new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud in Somalia, coupled with a recent statement from one of the Harakat Al-Shabaab’s leaders, Mahad Warsame Qalley Karate have again put negotiations with Al-Shabaab on the agenda. The war against Al-Shabaab has developed into a ‘forever war’, where the biggest losers are Somali’s civilian population. Negotiating is .....

Our new Policy brief on the current election of Somalia

A Near End to Somali's Election Conundrum ?

The Somali electoral process is nearing its end. The process has been plagued by postponements and totalitarian tendencies and is not the ‘one person one vote’ process that many hoped for. It has been determined by a combination of clan factors and financial resources, but also real political agendas, abilities to build alliances, and political images. It is not a pure clan-based process, nor is it a process determined by money alone—it is not ‘all about the money’. What we see is rather a hybrid system where many factors interact. The hybrid system has, for all its faults, in the past ensured that opposition can- candidates have had a chance to win elections in Somalia, which stands in contrast to many of its neighboring countries. In order for this to continue to function in the long run, continued checks and balances, including in the federal system, are needed, and the quality of processes becomes more important than artificial benchmarks.

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