Working jointly with clan militias and international support, the Somali National Army has made significant gains against Al-Shabaab since August 2022, reclaiming territory across Hirshabelle and Galmudug. Boosted by local frustration with Al-Shabaab's predatory behaviour and indifference to widespread drought conditions, these operations combine grassroot mobilisation with a clear federal commitment to countering Al-Shabaab at every level.

While the Government of Somalia looks to replicate this template of cross-clan collaboration in Jubbaland and South-West State, questions have emerged regarding the offensive’s sustainability and longer-term impact on state-building.

President Mohamud will discuss the ongoing push against Al-Shabaab and his wider vision for Somalia’s future.

How to attend

This is an in-person only event taking place at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. Please note, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email [email protected].

About the speaker

President Hassan Sheikh Sheikh Mohamud

President Hassan Sheikh Sheikh Mohamud

President of the Federal Republic of Somalia

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