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The Raad Peace Research Institute (RPRI) is a premier and dynamic non-profit research think tank committed to promoting peace, security, and sustainable development in Somalia and the East African region. Founded in 2021, RPRI is headquartered in Mogadishu, Somalia, and has additional offices in Jubaland and Hirshabelle regional states, and in Nairobi, Kenya. It is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of world-class experts with unparalleled expertise in Somalia and the region and a wide range of fields, including economics, environmental studies, political science, international relations, security studies, anthropology, development, foreign policy, and public health studies

EU’s Peacebuilding in The Horn of Africa: Its Strategy, Engagement, and Effectiveness in Somalia

EU action and engagement in Africa has traditionally been centred around a ‘triple nexuses of humanitarian assistance, development aid, and peace. In this context, the EU has assisted the establishment of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Architecture in 2002 and supported the deployment of an AU peacekeeping force in Somalia – the AU Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) – and its successor – the AU Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). As such....

The Roots and Implications of The Crises in Lasanod

End of December 2022, a young politician was assassinated in Lasanod. This was the most recent targeted killing in a long series of similar attacks, which had not been prevented or at least followed up and solved by the Somaliland authorities in town. In reaction, Lasanod residents started protesting against the prevailing insecurity in town. This escalated into .....

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.

RAAD Policy Brief (The New US strategies and the Horn of Africa

The Biden Administration recently released three important strategies: the Strategy

toward sub-Saharan Africa (STSA), the National Security Strategy (NSS), and the

National Defense Strategy (NDS).This policy brief explores these strategies, what

they mean, and their potential impact in the Horn of Africa. We argue that these

strategy papers aside from the STSA, both the NSS and NDS largely ignore Africa.

The shift in focus of these new US strategies is rather dramatic, and it is away

from Africa, the US-Africa summit notwithstanding. Yet they indicate that we

should expect the United States to engage more in mitigating climate change in

the Horn of Africa, and that its strategies are to a certain degree aligned with

Kenyan foreign policy goals in the region. Further.....

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

A Near End to Somalia’s Election Conundrum?


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Our new Policy brief on the current election of Somalia

A Near End to Somalia’s Election Conundrum?



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