Into the Mogadishu Maelstrom: The African Union Mission in Somalia

  title={Into the Mogadishu Maelstrom: The African Union Mission in Somalia},
  author={Paul D Williams},
  journal={International Peacekeeping},
  pages={514 - 530}
  • P. D. Williams
  • Published 1 August 2009
  • Sociology
  • International Peacekeeping
The African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) endured a difficult first 30 months of operations. Deployed into an active war-zone, it was not long before an international debate began to revolve around how the mission should be brought to an end. This article analyses the main challenges as well as the most important local and international dynamics that affected the operation. It concludes that AMISOM was an ill-conceived mission that attracted few serious political champions partly because of… 
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