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Somalia - Overview
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Somalia is among the most politically and economically unstable regions in the world, and insecurity is set to increase in the mid-term. Political risks are a major concern, with civil unrest, terrorism and widespread militancy frequently leading to bloodshed and physical damage. Al-Shabaab is the main Islamist militant group fighting the weak Transitional Federal Government, and in addition to domestic attacks it is also a threat to Somalia’s neighbours, increasing tensions with Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti. The Somali coast is blighted by piracy while conditions of lawlessness breed widespread criminality on land. The rate of kidnapping in Somalia is strongly and directly related to the phenomenon of piracy on the high seas, although incidents against foreign nationals on land are also a major concern. The Somali investment climate is also fraught with hazards, not least because of the country’s status as a failed state, which frequent and large-scale peacekeeping operations have so far failed to rectify. Nevertheless areas in autonomous Somaliland and Puntland are relatively stable, and their governments have enabled the areas to enjoy periods of relative peace, security and political stability. Civil unrest can be violent and break out at a moment’s notice. Crime is pervasive throughout the country.
22 October 2012 AKE's Rory Lamrock talks to Reuters about the recent fall in Somali piracy.
19 September 2012 Sub-Saharan Africa analyst, Hannah Waddilove, features on Deutsche Welle's Africa radio show and talks about the continuing military onslaught against al-Shabaab in Somalia (approx 4 mins into interview).
20 August 2012 AKE has warned of further kidnap for ransom incidents in several hotspots around the world, published by AGCC.
31 May 2012 AKE's Rory Lamrock writes for Cargo Security International on the changing face of Somali Piracy.
13 March 2012 AKE's Rory Lamrock writes for Shipping & Marine on piracy risk and anti-piracy strategy.
23 February 2012 AKE's Africa analyst Hannah Waddilove comments to Reuters on Hillary Clinton's approach to Somalia diplomacy.
6 February 2012 AKE's kidnap analyst Taryn Evans comments to the AP about the US military's involvement in hostage rescue.
26 January 2012 AKE's Taryn Evans talks to the LA Times about kidnap trends around the world.
24.01.12 AKE releases its quarterly Kidnap Report - published by the AGCC.
26 January 2012 AKE comments on why kidnap is such a major issue in the horn of Africa.
24 October 2011 AGCC publishes analysis from AKE's Q3 Kidnap Report.
October 2011 Preparing for Battle: Journalists discuss AKE training as they prepare for covering warzones.
17 October 2011 AKE Africa specialist Hannah Waddilove talks to Channel 4 News about the Kenyan military move into Somalia.
13 September 2011 AKE piracy specialist Rory Lamrock talks to Radio 5 Live about the kidnap and murder of British nationals in Kenya.
1 September 2011 AKE's John Drake talks about the rising risk of piracy to Emirati shipping firms.
29 July 2011 AKE's John Drake talks to Reuters TV about worsening piracy and the risks to seafarers.
7 July 2011 - AKE's John Drake alerts shipowners after vessel set alight off Aden.
5 July 2011 AKE’s MENA analyst Alan Fraser talks to Reuters about Somali pirates and Yemen.
July 2011 AKE outlines Somalia security risks in Outtake, our bi-monthly newsletter.
17 February 2011 Reuters analyses current kidnap trends with AKE's quarterly Kidnap & Ransom Report.
February 2011 'Negotiating Lives for Cash' Reuters interviews John Chase, AKE's kidnap and ransom expert.
2 November 2010 Claire Fleming, AKE Aberdeen writes for Energy on managing a crisis like a kidnap.
June 2010 AKE correctly predicts rise in piracy in the Red Sea.