On 23rd February 2012, a London Conference on Somalia will took place at Lancaster House (UK Foreign Office). More than fifty representatives from Somalia and the international community are expected to attend the meeting.
In spite of the stabilization of the capital city, Somalia is still facing a difficult period. Since the beginning of 2011, AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) has taken control of several strategic spots in Mogadishu. However, large part of the country is still affected by insecurity and conflict. Other local administrations and clan militias appeared after the Transitional Federal Institutions adopted the conclusions outlined in the Garowe meetings about the end of the transition. New political divisions emerged, even in Somaliland and Puntland, and in the south-central regions large part of the country is still under Shabaab’s control. Can the London conference provide for a new comprehensive approach?