Al-Shabaab Research Project
The greatest threat to stabilization and peace in Somalia is Al-Shabaab, a violent extremist group. Over a thousand stakeholder interviews conducted by Warzone Initiatives (WZI) in Somalia since 2012, have confirmed this. WZI along with the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University will conduct the Al-Shabaab Research Project (ASRP) focused on understanding and addressing violent extremism in Somalia. The Somali National Army (SNA) and African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) forces have been combating Al-Shabaab since 2011. There has been much success, however terrorist and guerrilla attacks continue to destabilize the country. ASRP will research Al-Shabaab from a conflict analysis and resolution (CAR) framework, seeking to understand Al-Shabaab motivations, recruitment, financing, strategies and tactics, leadership and more. The goal of the project is to build on current understanding of Al-Shabaab and create an initiative that will promote peace. Warzone Initiatives has been conducting peacebuilding activities with communities vulnerable to Al-Shabaab recruitment since 2012. Through WZI relational network in Somalia, the ASRP will inform government and military forces on ways to stabilize and build peace transformationally in Somalia.