The Surge to Stabilize: Lessons for the UN from the AU’s Experience in Somalia

AMISOM and taxi

Photo: AMISOM.

Once principally a war-fighting operation, the AMISOM peacekeeping mission in Somalia now has a mandate of “stabilization.” AMISOM continues to expand government-controlled territory and degrade al-Shabaab, but now also pursues more political aims like establishing partners throughout the country and developing national security forces. To achieve success and develop effective strategies for AMISOM and future peacekeeping missions, “stabilization” and its political and military elements need better definition.

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Security Topics: Peacekeeping