Focus on Somalia

Somalia has been on the agenda of the international community, but also of academia, for many years. In Focus on Somalia, we want to contribute to informing about current political and legal events in the country, but also to present background analyses and scientific assessments. Our aim is to give young scientists from Somalia a chance to have their voices heard. In order to support authors contributing to our Focus on Somalia section, we established the Asli-Ahmed-Award.

Our blog thrives on allowing very different perspectives on the country, its people and society to have their say.


The 4.5 System – An Instrument of Exclusion?

René BrosiusJun 25, 20217 min read

Source: CIA ANALYSIS René Brosius 25 June 2021 In the inner-Somali discussion, the term “4.5 system” comes up again and again, and for outsiders it is not easily recognisable what…


Is Civil War Coming to Somalia?

René BrosiusApr 28, 20214 min read

COMMENT René Brosius 28 April 2021 The conflict over elections in Somalia[1] , which has been ongoing since last summer, has reached the next stage of escalation. Internationally mediated talks…


Somalia vs. Kenya – The maritime border dispute

René BrosiusApr 10, 20216 min read

Source: AFP COMMENT René Brosius 09 April 2021 Somalia and Kenya do not have a tension-free relationship. Many reasons for this lie in the conflict-ridden history. The border between the…


Constitutional Crisis in Somalia – Democratic, Free and Fair Elections?

René BrosiusFeb 10, 20217 min read

ANALYSIS René Brosius 10 February 2021 The upcoming presidential elections in Somalia are dominated by the debate on free and fair elections, a debate that brought the country to the…


Somalia before the elections – From democratic election to dangerous selection process

René BrosiusJan 23, 20215 min read

ANALYSIS René Brosius 22 January 2021 On 9 January 2021, Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble surprised everyone by announcing that the planned elections would only be held in certain…


Challenges and Chances in the Somali Legal System

René BrosiusDec 12, 20207 min read

ANALYSIS René Brosius 11 December 2020 In many ways, dealing with Somalia is a look into the unknown. The complex social structures, violent conflicts and strong traditions have left researchers,…