Policies and Views of the UN and Western Nations on Al-Shabaab and Its Recruitment Strategies

Abdi O. Shuriye


This research studies the policies and views of the United Nations and major Western nations on Al-Shabaab movement. The research also examines al-Shabaab’s recruitment methods and strategies. The objective of the research is to broadly evaluate the reactions of al-Shabaab to Western policies on their political administration of Somalia. The research employs analytical methodology to arrive at inclusive conclusions. The importance of the study lies on the political imperativeness of the region and the UN failure to intervene, successfully, on its bloody, ideological and ethnic-based conflicts. As early as 1991 the UN intervened in Somalia’s conflict but to this date all UN attempts to resolve Somalia’s political predicament remained futile. Islamists came on board to Somalia’s political fiasco in 2006 and they could remain for some time. What is remarkable to observe nonetheless, is their capriciously unpredictable political attitude. In the current political epoch of the Muslim world, groups like al-shabaab, Taliban and al-Qaeda seem out of touch with the new breed of comparatively young Muslim generation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/res.v4n1p220

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