On 18 June 2011 the Africa Center for Strategic Studies’ East Africa Office, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, assisted the Brenthurst Foundation in organizing a non-attribution discussion on the issue of recognizing Somaliland as a country. The discussion was characterized by those who attended as an excellent dialogue on an issue of regional importance. In keeping with the ACSS’s vision, mission, and goals to advance U.S. Security Cooperation in Africa, it facilitated the development of open and lasting relationships with partners by listening and conveying African views on African security issues of national security interest to US policymakers.
The Forum was an opportunity for the Brenthurst Foundation team to present its findings and report to the assembled group for their review and comments. It also provided for informal dialogue between representatives of the Somaliland government and the African Union. In attendance were representatives from the Somaliland Government, Africa Union, Institute for Security Studies Addis, InterAfrica Group Addis, Ethiopian Government, Brenthurst Foundation, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, United States Mission to the African Union, Cambridge University, Danida/University of Copenhagen, and the European Union’s Delegation to the African Union.