In Somalia’s long and turbulent road towards rebuilding state-wide institutions and granting its citizens acceptable living conditions, for every two steps forward the country seems to take a step backwards. A new crisis has been unfolding in Mogadishu, this time around a primarily political one. It is adding instability to an already fragile scenario, marked by the active presence of al-Shabaab in the south, growing political meddling by external powers, precarious relations between the national government and regional states, and the unresolved Somaliland issue.
What precipitated the current chain of events? How have foreign actors been involved? Can they help build a way out, or are they instead fuelling Somalia’s deepening domestic divisions?