Cancelled: Somalia and the new leadership of President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” – University of Copenhagen

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Cancelled: Somalia and the new leadership of President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo”

UPDATE: The seminar is unfortunately cancelled due to a cancelled flight.  

Africa Seminar with Dr. Ali Said Faqi, Ambassador of Somalia to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France and the European Union

Governance in Somalia has been an extremely complicated matter for several decades. The lack of a formally functioning government and persistent conflict have led many to talk of it as a ‘failed state’, while numerous peace initiatives themselves failed to alter the situation in any substantial way. The emergence of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in 2004 seemed to mark an important turning point in Somali political history. However, despite the long-awaited re-introduction of an actual government in Mogadishu, conflicts, corruption and general mistrust persisted, with very limited success in re-enforcing law and order.  The election in 2017 of President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” has introduced a new type of political leadership that has raised hopes of re-directing the country away from its former violent trajectory. President Farmajo has been in office now for eight months and has set his sights on fulfilling an extensive set of policy objectives aimed at lifting Somalia out of its current crisis. Delivering on these in an increasingly hostile environment is difficult. Yet progress will have to be accomplished during his term of office if he is to maintain popularity amongst his voters.   This lecture by the current Somali Ambassador to Benelux, the European Union and France – who has been a welcome visitor to the Centre of African Studies several times – will reflect on the new President’s extensive agendas, current achievements and public expectations alongside the opportunities and challenges facing his leadership.

DR ALI SAID FAQI has been the Ambassador of Somalia to the Benelux countries and France, and to the European Union since 2013. Prior to this, from 2000 onwards, he was an active member of the Somali diaspora in the USA. At the same time he is an international specialist and well published scientific scholar specialising in toxicology. Since 2009 he has held the position of Senior Director at MPI Research (a private medical research institute). He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Wayne State University, School of Medicine.