Somalia is a country in the Horn of Africa that borders Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somaliland. The country has a population of approximately 10.6 million people. Contemporary challenges facing the country include the weak governance, food insecurity, and terrorism. Somalia is the Priority 3 country of ten countries of focus identified in the Network research agenda.Click here to learn more about Somalia in the Data Portal.
Somalia Research Themes of Interest
The RESOLVE Secretariat has identified the following possible themes of interest for researchers investigating the drivers of violent extremism in Somalia. Interested in contributing ideas for research themes or projects? Email us at email@example.com and make sure to fill in the form at the bottom of the page.
* Public discourse on religious identity, sectarian violence, social cohesion, and community resilience to violent extremism;
* Religious claims around justice, security, and morality and the relationship between the state, religious actors and institutions, and the public;
* The role of state security institutions in influencing community responses to violent extremism and how security structures impact public views on extremism;
* The mechanisms and demographics of radicalization and the role of social identity and social mobility, particularly for youth, in collective community decisions to reject, passively support, or actively participate in violent social movements;
* Assessments of foreign fighter demographics and recidivism rates among former members of extremist groups and analysis of prison social networks, and family support networks for former extremists;
* Assessments of indicators of community resilience, social integration, and non-violent strategies employed by different community actors in response to violent extremism.
Somalia Research Library
The RESOLVE Network Secretariat team has compiled an ever-growing corpus of +3000 documents to form the basis of our Research Library. Below is a collection of articles about or relating to issues of governance, ideas, individuals, and violence in Somalia. Spanning disciplines from political science to anthropology, criminology and epidemiology, this searchable resource is a great tool for those new to the field and seasoned experts alike. Articles, reports, and papers will be added on an iterative basis. Interested in contributing a resource? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|2014||Schaferhoff, Marco||External Actors And The Provision Of Public Health Services In Somalia||Governance||Web Link|
|2006||Menkhaus, Ken||Governance Without Government In Somalia Spoilers, State Building, And The Politics Of Coping||International Security||Web Link|
|2014||Loubser, Helge-Mari; Solomon, Hussein||Responding To State Failure In Somalia||Africa Review||Web Link|
|2007||Stevenson, Jonathan||Risks And Opportunities In Somalia||Survival||Web Link|
|2016||Dobos, Bohumil||Shapeshifter Of Somalia: Evolution Of The Political Territoriality Of Al-Shabaab||Small Wars & Insurgencies||Web Link|
|2002||Western, Jon||Sources Of Humanitarian Intervention: Beliefs, Information, And Advocacy In The U.S. Decisions On Somalia And Bosnia||International Security||Web Link|
|2016||Mueller, Jason C.||The Evolution Of Political Violence: The Case Of Somalia's Al-Shabaab||Terrorism and Political Violence||Web Link|
|2015||Ahmad, Aisha||The Security Bazaar: Business Interests And Islamist Power In Civil War Somalia||International Security||Web Link|
Somalia Research Blog
Highlights from the Somalia Community of Practice and other Somalia related information collected by the Network Secretariat.
Forthcoming Subscriber Content
Over the next several months, the RESOLVE Network will be operationalizing Communities of Practice, private member-only areas organized around Network countries of focus and thematic topics. The purpose of these communities is to offer researchers, policymakers, and practitioners a platform for specialized knowledge transfer, coordination, and collaboration within their specific areas of focus. The Secretariat team looks forward to working with stakeholders both in and outside of the country in determining the best tools for communication and engagement on and offline. Interested in joining the Somalia Community of Practice? Sign up using the form at the bottom of the page, or email us at email@example.com for more information.
SAMPLE: Somalia Experts Directory
As part of the Somalia Community of Practice, RESOLVE will make available a private, searchable country-specific Experts Directory to increase coordination and knowledge transfer between local researchers on the ground and those abroad.
|Candace||Rondeaux||Secretariat Director||RESOLVE Network||WebLink|
|Beth||Maclin||Secretariat Research Coordinator||RESOLVE Network||WebLink|
|Bethany||McGann||Secretariat Knowledge Management||RESOLVE Network||WebLink|
|Megan||Loney||Secretariat Strategic Partnerships||RESOLVE Network||WebLink|
SAMPLE: Somalia Research Forum
As part of the Somalia Community of Practice, RESOLVE will make available a private country-specific forum to increase coordination and knowledge transfer between local researchers on the ground and those abroad.
|Date||Forum||Topic||Post Count||View Count|
|12/19/2016||General||Welcome to BCRC||12||24|
|1/15/2017||Governance||Election Management Reform||6||35|
|2/21/2017||Ideas||Addressing Violent Radicalization through Inclusive Politics||4||14|