Al-Shabaab Research Project
The greatest threat to stabilization and peace in Somalia is Al-Shabaab, a violent extremist group. Warzone Initiatives (WZI), in partnership with George Mason University (GMU) School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) Genocide Prevention Program (GPP), are conducting 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 progress, however terrorist attacks continue to destabilize the country. ASRP will study Al-Shabaab recruitment and defection. The goal of the project is to expand on gaps in the academic field and create partnerships and initiatives to promote alternative peace and reconciliation processes with Al-Shabaab. The findings of this study will inform government agencies and international organizations on sustainable ways to stabilize and build peace transformationally in Somalia.