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War and Peace in SomaliaNational Grievances, Local Conflict and Al-Shabaab$
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Michael Keating and Matt Waldman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190947910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190947910.001.0001

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Reconciliation in Somalia

Reconciliation in Somalia

Reform, Representation and Responsibility

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(p.179) Reconciliation in Somalia
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War and Peace in Somalia
Author(s):

Aden Abdi

Alexander Ramsbotham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190947910.003.0015

Rivalries and tensions in Somalia exist on several levels: within and between Federal Member States (FMS); between FMS and the Federal Government of Somalia; and in the wider region. This chapter argues that reconciliation should be incorporated into all reform and state-building efforts, including initiatives that relate to decentralization, federalism, and the constitution. A comprehensive and inclusive framework for national reconciliation should be developed. Within this framework, there should be mechanisms to hold leaders accountable, including for past crimes, for which a truth and reconciliation commission should be established. The application of xeer has helped build peace in Somaliland and could play an important role in promoting national reconciliation.

Keywords:   Federal Member States, FMS, Federal Government of Somalia, national reconciliation, reform, state-building, xeer

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