- Title Pages
- Looma Dhama
- Neither Inevitable nor Accidental
- Governing Endemic Crises
- Remedying the Legacy of State Collapse
- Ending Impunity
- Achieving Local Reconciliation in Somalia
- State-Building Amidst Conflict
- Supporting Local Reconciliation
- Local Reconciliation in Somalia
- Exploitation of Natural Resources as a Driver of Conflict
- Traditional Peacemaking in Sanaag Region, Somaliland
- The Sharia Courts of Mogadishu
- Determinants of Success
- Reconciliation in Somalia
- Launching Reconciliation in Somalia
- State-Building and Peacebuilding in Somalia
- Somali National Reconciliation
- Challenges and Opportunities
- Beyond Principles
- Women in Al-Shabaab
- From the Margins to the Centre
- Women in Peacebuilding in Somalia
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place
- Addressing the Gap
- Somalia’s Southern War
- Motivations and Drivers of Al-Shabaab
- Why They Fight and why They Quit
- Youth Radicalization
- Al-Shabaab’s Youth Recruitment Project
- Rivals in Governance
- Can Al-Shabaab Deliver?
- Is Anybody Listening?
- Anatomy of Counter-Jihad
- Al-Qaida and Al-Shabaab
- Al-Shabaab as a Transnational Security Threat
- Foreign Fighter Influence in Al-Shabaab
- Travelling for an Idea
- Negotiations with Al-Shabaab
- Community Perspectives Towards Al-Shabaab
- Al-Shabaab Attitudes Towards Negotiations
- Collaborating for Peace
- Insights from Network Analysis in Somalia
- Business-Led Peacebuilding in Somalia
- Somali and Arabic Terms
Can Al-Shabaab Deliver?
Can Al-Shabaab Deliver?
Reality and Rhetoric in the Struggle for Power
- (p.359) Can Al-Shabaab Deliver?
- War and Peace in Somalia
- Oxford University Press
This chapter considers the origins of Al-Shabaab and the gap between its rhetoric and practice. Despite its globalist agenda, reinforced by its allegiance to Al-Qaida, Al-Shabaab is at its core an ethnic movement with its focus on Somalia. As such, it can only survive, let alone expand, by offering better security, better prospects, and better governance than the structures established by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS). Currently, however, the FGS is dominant and Al-Shabaab does not look like a viable alternative. To stem its decline, Al-Shabaab has appealed to Somalis as Muslims to support its role in the global campaign against ‘Western aggression’, while mounting attacks inside the country to undermine any appearance of growing stability, and attacking outside the country to dissuade Somalia's regional allies from continuing their support.
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