Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
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Meredith Preston McGhie describes the tactics employed by the UN as mediators in the 2008 peace talks in Djibouti between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS). She concludes that the most significant lessons from Djibouti are the importance of flexibility, responsiveness and the ability to react to both the needs of the parties and the political situation. 

It is especially important in this longer political process to support mechanisms for continued political dialogue in order to cement the steps that were made in Djibouti.

Meredith Preston McGhie