How to End the Stalemate in Somalia
With Al Shabaab and the TFG Both Weak, it is Time to Engage Locals
by Bronwyn Bruton and J. Peter Pham
October 3, 2011
The repeated failure of attempts by outsiders to reestablish a national government in Somalia have worsened the terror threat in the Horn of Africa and aggravated the worst famine in decades, the current humanitarian catastrophe only underscoring the profound error of privileging top-down, state-centric processes. Instead a strategy of "earned engagement" whereby various Somali would be accorded equal access to international resources, but only to the extent they prove themselves able of meeting defined benchmarks and capable of absorbing the assistance that would be provided them for relief and development, stands a far better chance of yielding some measure of legitimacy and stability.