September 17, 2019
1:00-2:30pm
United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 300

RSVP to Dana Green at dgreen@unfoundation.org.

In conjunction with the Better World Campaign, the Partnership for Effective for Peacekeeping will hold a discussion on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the challenges, successes and way forward.

For several decades, Somalia has been in a protracted state of political and humanitarian crisis. Since 2005, al-Shabaab, a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda, has fought Somali authorities and their international supporters. Since 2007, AMISOM has struggled to stabilize south-central Somalia, sometimes in tandem with local forces. AMISOM has also been supported by the UN Support Office for Somalia (UNSOS) and UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which provide crucial equipment, logistical and political support. Despite some recent signs of progress, al-Shabaab remains a strong adversary that continues to carry out deadly attacks against Somali and international targets. Our speakers will provide details on the current state of play in the region and the successes and challenges of AMISOM in moving Somalia forward.

Confirmed speakers:

Dr. Paul Williams
Professor, George Washington University and author of Fighting for Peace in Somalia (2019)

Lt. Col. Paul Snyder
Somalia Team, Eastern Africa Division, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding and
Peace Operations
United Nations Secretariat

Mr. Mark Yarnell
Senior Advocate & UN Liaison, Refugees International