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Somalia’s Jubaland: Past, present and potential futures

Jubaland has been one of the most heavily fought over regions of Somalia during the civil war. With its perennial river, fertile soils and the port city of Kismayo it was, and has the potential to be again, one of Somalia’s most productive regions. The social bonds that bind and divide populations across the borders of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, give this region a particularly important regional significance. This has been made abundantly clear by the presence of Kenyan and Ethiopian military forces in the region. Stabilisation of Jubaland is therefore of critical importance to the future of the East Africa region, and for transnational development projects. In this meeting a panel of experts will discuss the history, current dynamics and future potential of the region. A meeting report is available here.


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