USIP convened a discussion of recent developments and international engagement in Somalia featuring Mary Harper, author of the new book "Getting Somalia Wrong?  Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State."

Photo courtesy of NY Times

With a new president and government taking office, Somalia continues to try to escape state failure.  In her new book, “Getting Somalia Wrong?  Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State,” author and journalist Mary Harper examines Somalia's culture and history and raises critical questions about international engagement and its impact on Somalis. 


  • Mary Harper, Panelist
    Africa Editor, BBC World Service and Author of "Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith War and Hope in a Shattered State"
  • Sadia Ali Aden, Panelist
    Human Rights Advocate and Freelance Writer
  • Bronwyn Bruton, Panelist
    Deputy Director, Atlantic Council's Michael S. Ansari Africa Center
  • Jon Temin, Moderator
    Director, Sudan & South Sudan Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

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