AMISOM: Charting a New Course for African Union Peace Missions

Lasting peace in Somalia remains elusive. Past interventions ended disastrously, casting a shadow on the design, implementation, and authorization of subsequent peacemaking efforts. The deployment of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in 2007 offered a fresh start. AMISOM is the first African Union (AU) mission tasked with peace enforcement, and given an evolving and complex mandate that includes counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency as well as more traditional training and support to the Somalia National Security Forces (SNSF). Nonetheless, the mission has faced a number of serious challenges and setbacks.

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