The president of Somalia, His Excellency Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, gave a public address on April 20 at USIP on political and security developments in his country. As Somalia works toward planned national elections this year, President Mohamud highlighted current efforts by his government and discussed strategies by which the Somali people, government and international community can move the country forward.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

For more than two decades, Somalia has been cited in public discussion as an archetype of a failed state—a country controlled by terrorists and warlords, lacking an effective government and beset by cycles of man-made and natural disasters. In the past few years, however, the country has been rebuilding its economy and reestablishing a functioning government. As it does so, important security and financial challenges remain.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud offered an address on current developments in his country on April 20 at the U.S. Institute of Peace. A video of the event is below and the conversation also continued on Twitter with #SomaliaUSIP.

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