11 Sep '13, 11am

SWJ: Somalia 20 Years Later – Lessons Learned, Re-learned and Forgotten |

SWJ: Somalia 20 Years Later – Lessons Learned, Re-learned and Forgotten |

The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the events surrounding the U.S. involvement in Somalia 20 years ago and learn from it as U.S. national security professionals ponder intervention in a myriad of similar locations today. It is a chance to review the paradoxical nature of this conflict that fundamentally changed the way the U.S. would view involvement in complex catastrophes, and how the same conflict, seen through the eyes of U.S. adversaries and rivals, provided different set of lessons. The paper will briefly describe the situation in Somalia, outline the history leading up to U.S. involvement in relief operations in the early 1990’s, describe what went right, what went terribly wrong, what the U.S. military learned, and perhaps what it has already forgotten when pondering military intervention in contemporary complex catastrophes.

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/somalia-20-years-lat...

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