Jubaland in Jeopardy: The Uneasy Path to State-Building in Somalia
from Crisis Group’s blog, The African Peacebuilding Agenda
On 15 May 2013, Sheikh Ahmed Madobe, leader of the Ras Kamboni militia and a close ally of Kenya, was elected Jubaland president by regional clan representatives. Hours later, Barre Hirale, a warlord from a rival clan allied with the Somali Federal Government (SFG), declared himself president. The effort to create a Jubaland state within Somalia will test the limits of federalism in that country, and threatens to touch off clan warfare not only within Somalia but also in its neighbours.
We spoke to Zakaria Yusuf, Somalia Analyst , and Claire Elder, Horn of Africa Research Assistant, to learn more about Jubaland and find out if there is a risk of conflict.
Click here to read the Q & A.
Image reproduced with permission of Asempa Limited, publisher of Africa Confidential (www.africa-confidential.com). Original map first appeared in Africa Confidential, Vol. 52, No. 22, 4 November 2011.