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Can Military Might Alone Defeat al-Shabaab?

What makes al-Shabaab such a resilient movement?

What makes al-Shabaab such a resilient movement? Is it because systems of governance and delivery of basic services to citizens have often failed to follow military operations?

BY MUSTAFA BANANAY

Developing a “security pact” to tackle insurgent jihadists al-Shabaab, who continue to stifle state-building efforts, is one of the key agenda items at the upcoming high-level conference on Somalia scheduled for May this year in London.

This complex challenge first depends on identifying what makes al-Shabaab such a resilient movement. Despite some success on the battlefield, this is an understanding that has largely escaped Somalia’s various security forces—and their international supporters—until now. Continue reading Can Military Might Alone Defeat al-Shabaab?