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The Online Africa Policy Forum publishes essays on significant Africa policy topics.
The Africa Program hosts the CSIS Online Africa Policy Forum in order to facilitate a debate on U.S. policy toward Africa. The CSIS Africa Program encourages participation by the broadest possible community of people with an interest in U.S. Africa policy, whether in Africa itself, the United States, Europe, China, or elsewhere.
- May 12, 2009
By Paul D. Williams
In January 2007, the African Union launched its fourth peacekeeping operation, the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Now approximately two and a half years old, AMISOM’s short life has not been a happy one. It was deployed to Mogadishu essentially in support of the Ethiopian government’s preferred faction in Somalia’s ongoing civil war. Not surprisingly, and like the three UN-authorized peace operations deployed to Somalia during the early 1990s, AMISOM faced serious challenges which severely restricted its ability to operate.