Talk Africa: Somalia’s new peacekeeping mission

On March 31st, The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to endorse the African Union’s new peacekeeping mission in Somalia. The new mission will be known as The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia-ATMIS and replaces the African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM. Under the UN resolution, the new mission is projected to gradually decrease staffing levels in Somalia from nearly 20,000 soldiers, police, and civilians to zero by the end of 2024. However, after over a decade in Somalia, AMISON has faced repeated challenges in executing its mandate. The question now is, how will the new peacekeeping mission be effective where AMISOM has failed?