Presented by the African Conflict Prevention Programme (Pretoria)
Kenya`s recent military incursion into Somalia has raised questions around the utility of the move and its implications on the security of the greater Horn of Africa region. Launched on 16 October, Operation Linda Nchi (Kiswahili for ‘Protect the Nation’) is Kenya’s first military escapade outside of its borders since independence, and has seen the deployment of ground, air and sea combat units into Southern Somalia, targeting the Somali insurgent group, al-Shabaab, which Kenya accuses of being behind the series of abductions on its soil, threatening its national security and its heavily dependent tourism economy. Questions remain, however, about whether Kenya’s move is legal and whether it would achieve its objectives.
Kenya’s move has been compounded by claims that Somalia’s historical arch nemesis, Ethiopia, has too moved its troops into villages in Somalia. Ethiopia has, however, categorically denied this. In 2006, Addis Ababa made a similar move to Kenya’s, which was capitalised on by al-Shabaab to rally support for its insurgency. The question that emerges from this is what are the regional implications of these latest events? For Somalia, a country that has, since 1991, known little peace, what underlines its long drawn out contestation and pathology of lawlessness?
This seminar assesses these, among other issues, with the aim of exploring viable options for restoring peace and stability in Somalia.
Prof. Rok Ajulu, Senior Partner, Dajo Associates, and Professor of Political Economy
Mr. Mohamed A. Hirey, Chairman, Somali Association of South Africa (SASA), Tshwane Office
Dr. Kisiangani Emmanuel, Senior Researcher, ISS, Pretoria
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