Building the Somali National Army: Anatomy of a failure, 2008–2018

  title={Building the Somali National Army: Anatomy of a failure, 2008–2018},
  author={Paul D Williams},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={366 - 391}
  • P. D. Williams
  • Published 15 April 2020
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
ABSTRACT Over a decade of security force assistance (SFA) initiatives to build an effective Somali National Army (SNA) failed because of the interrelated effects of political, contextual and operational challenges. The key political challenges were interest asymmetry between international actors and Somali elites, insufficient focus on institution-building and a lack of donor coordination. The principal contextual challenges in Somalia were the legacies of two decades of state collapse and the… 
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