February 15, 2012

The Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center hosted diplomats from the embassies of several of the European countries taking part in the upcoming London Conference on Somalia for an in-depth briefing on the troubled East African country.

Ansari Center director J. Peter Pham and deputy director Bronwyn Bruton discussed the current situation in Somalia, including the recent merger of the Somali militant organization al-Shabaab with al-Qaeda and its impact on regional political and security dynamics, as well as the courses of action open to the international community, both at the meeting to be hosted at Lancaster House on February 23 by British Prime Minister David Cameron and in the coming months.