Whose Security? A Tale of Three Cities in Mogadishu

Whose Security? A Tale of Three Cities in Mogadishu

Mogadishu is often described as ‘the world’s most dangerous city’ by foreign observers, journalists, and pundits. This label captures the general sense of insecurity that has plagued the Somali capital for over three decades. There have been various complex elements influencing (the lack of) security in the city, and…

Geospatial Data for Better Urban Planning in Somalia

Geospatial Data for Better Urban Planning in Somalia

Somalia cities face an accelerated growth rate, and urbanization is a pressing and complex issue. As the most significant cities across the country provide more economic opportunities, relative security, and…

Somalia’s Electoral Conundrum: An Alternative to the Mogadishu Model

Somalia’s Electoral Conundrum: An Alternative to the Mogadishu Model

This commentary explains the current impasse around elections in Somalia and proposes a potential alternative to the indirect elections of the September 17 ‘Mogadishu Model’ (which now appears unworkable). This alternative involves the extension of the Somali Parliament’s mandate for 2 years and…