The mid-May 2020 release of the Italian aid worker Silvia Romano, kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by the terrorist organization al-Shabaab, aroused great interest and strong emotion in Italy. The reactions occurred, in part, because of the way her release unfolded. We know, for example, that Romano was in Somalia at the time, about 30 kilometres from the capital, Mogadishu. She was freed after an undisclosed ransom was paid, reportedly amounting to millions of euros.
La dichiarazione di lunedì notte in cui l’esercito keniota affermava di avere ormai il controllo su quasi tutto il Westgate Mall, nonostante alcuni membri del commando di Al Shabaab fossero e siano ancora asserragliati all’interno del centro commerciale, può essere considerata una buona metafora di ciò che continua ad accadere sul piano regionale.
The war in Yemen has enhanced transnational insecurity between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, with the Gulf of Aden as the epicentre of this insecurity: nevertheless, Yemen and Somalia still maintain distinct features.
The recent United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 marked the beginning of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) era. As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 17 goals have been released; they replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Agenda that has come to an end after 15 years. Where the focus of the MDGs was on eradicating poverty, the SDGs shed light on the need for an inclusive, long-term, and sustainable development process.
Il dinamismo che la politica estera turca ha assunto nei confronti dell'Africa sub-sahariana è un fenomeno particolarmente interessante nello scenario delle relazioni internazionali negli ultimi anni.
Incontriamo quest’oggi Alessandro Abate, ex studente del Master ISPI in International Cooperation (Emergencies), attualmente impegnato in Somalia come Junior Project Manager per Intersos. Alessandro ha scritto per noi un breve articolo, nel quale condivide alcuni aspetti della sua esperienza, così ricca e coinvolgente. Ve la proponiamo di seguito:
How would you evaluate the Italian involvement and presence in Africa? Are the Italian business interests influencing its presence in the continent?
Somalia is coming out of 20 years of transitional and interim administrations that had spawned statelessness, protracted conflicts, political vacuum and warlordism. After more than two decades, the country has assumed its full responsibility of post transitional government, has adopted a new and federal Constitution, has appointed a new president and a new PM and has completed the downsizing of Members of Parliament.
Given Somalia’s recent past, this has been an historical moment.
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.
On 23rd of February, Britain is holding a much-awaited international Conference on Somalia. It would be the first time that a Western country hosts such effort in its soil.