In January 2016, the European Union placed a cap on the amount it would provide for AMISOM peacekeeper stipends. This decision widened a rift between the mission and its partners over its record of achievement and future trajectory, eventually leading to a more concrete strategy for an AMISOM withdrawal. Nonetheless, in the absence of conditions that would allow a withdrawal, all involved in AMISOM may have to compromise to ensure that fragile security gains are not reversed.
About the authors
Omar S Mahmood is an ISS researcher based in Addis Ababa. He has worked as a security consultant on the Lake Chad Basin and Horn of Africa, senior analyst for a Washington DC-based consultancy, and Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. Omar has a Master’s in Security Studies and Conflict Resolution from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston.
Ndubuisi Christian Ani is an ISS researcher based in Addis Ababa. His research interests cover peace and security, democracy and governance, social cohesion, and indigenous systems. Ndubuisi has a PhD in international relations from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.