Countdown to AMISOM Withdrawal: Is Somalia Ready?

The swearing-in of Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” was greeted with a surge of optimism on the streets of Mogadishu that a new era of stability was on its way. The International Crisis Group said Farmajo had benefited from being seen as the right leader “to build a robust Somali National Army (SNA), speed up the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)’s exit, stabilise security, curb interventions by neighbouring countries, and protect Somalia’s dignity and sovereignty.” But this is an ambitious wish list and the path ahead is fraught with danger.

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