Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
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Kirsti Samuels explains how, for a society emerging from civil war, a constitution building process provides opportunities for reconciliation and for achieving consensus on areas of division. Despite disappointments and risks in Somalia, there remains a valid role for constitution building in peacemaking. But this process could prove divisive if it is not sufficiently representative, participatory or consensus based.

Participatory processes in constitution-building increase the legitimacy of the constitution and peoples’ support for it, which is essential for the constitution to play a meaningful role in creating a stable state.

Kirsti Samuels