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Ali Mohamed Gedi (left), then Somali prime minister, speaks during a meeting with clan elders to discuss the surrender of weapons from the Mogadishu community in 2006. Peter Delarue/AFP via Getty Images

Why Somali clan elders could hold the key to opening dialogue with Al-Shabaab

While the insurgent group rebuffs talks on the national stage, it frequently negotiates local issues with the government and other groups through senior clan elders.
First school Sunshine of Hargeisa, Somaliland’s capital city. Free Wind 2014/Shutterstock

How schools are kept afloat in Somaliland

Due to its lack of international recognition and its limited financial capacity, Somaliland's administration isn't fully capable of supporting the education sector
Somaliland’s ruling party candidate and newly elected president Musa Bihi Abdi. Stringer/Reuters

Somaliland after the elections: old traps, new challenges

The self-declared territory of Somaliland has held peaceful elections since it broke away from Somalia in 1991. But last month's polls triggered protests that should be cause for reflection.
Somalia security escort Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy to a regional summit in Mogadishu, the first in 35 years. Reuters/Feisal Omar

Has Shabaab been weakened for good? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’

Al Shabaab is facing stress under increased pressure from the government and the regional states. But it should also be noted that predictions of its collapse have come and gone before

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