Somalia: Exploring Insurgency, Governance and Development


In the fall of 2021, the Journal of the Middle East and Africa, the flagship publication of ASMEA, had the pleasure to publish a Special Issue (v12,3) on "Somalia: Exploring Insurgency, Governance and Development." This issue was guest edited by Prof. Daisy Muibu and Prof. Tricia Bacon.

This webinar was held May 9, 2020 at 11:00 am (ET).

The following authors discussed their articles that were included in the Special Issue:
  • Prof. Christopher Anzalone, Marine Corps University
  • Prof. Tricia Bacon, American University
  • Prof. Brittany Gilmer, University of Alabama
  • Prof. Alice Hills, University of Leeds and Durham University
  • Prof. Daisy Muibu, University of Alabama

Dr. Christopher Anzalone is Research Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies (MES) at the Krulak Center and an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and Department of History and Art History. Previously he was a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Tricia Bacon, PhD, is an associate professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She directs the Policy Anti-Terrorism Hub at American University. She is the author of Why Terrorist Organizations Form International Alliances (University of Pennsylvania Press, May 2018). Previously, Dr. Bacon worked on counterterrorism for over ten years at the Department of State, including in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Bureau of Counterterrorism, and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. 

Dr. Brittany Gilmer’s research focuses on the intersections of violence, territory, and structures of power in relation to the emergence of and response to piracy off the coast of Somalia. Her current work examines the socio-legal dynamics of piracy trials in East Africa and the dynamics of violence and care experienced by piracy hostages. Dr. Gilmer is a former consultant with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Alice Hills is a visiting professor at the universities of Durham and Leeds, where her research on police development is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Before joining Durham University as professor of conflict studies, she was professor of conflict and security at the University of Leeds. Prior to that she taught defense studies at the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College where she specialized in urban operations and police–military relations.

Dr. Daisy Muibu is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research is focused on policing and counterinsurgency with a focus on police legitimacy, police responses to terrorism, and the role of foreign fighters within insurgent groups.