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Horn of Africa Policy Recommendations

Horn of Africa Conflict Mapping Report

Webs of Conflict and Pathways to Peace in the Horn of Africa

Co-sponsored by Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars,Institute for Horn of Africa Studies and Affairs (IHASA) and Alliance for Peacebuilding

September 7th and 14th, 2011

In September 2011, IHASA, AfP and the Woodrow Wilson Center held two conferences entitled "Webs of Conflict and Pathways to Peace in the Horn of Africa." Both were centered on the presentation of a working conflict mapping report that the Wilson Center commissioned from George Washington University Professor Paul Williams in response to the drought, famine and refugee crisis in the Horn. These reports analyzes the major patterns, cross-cutting issues, and interrelationships evident in the Horn's ongoing armed conflicts, and suggests priorities that should guide a comprehensive and integrated approach to conflict resolution in the region.

The first conference, which was geared toward US, European and African policymakers, practitioners and experts, used Paul Williams' report as a starting point to spur discussion on and develop a regional framework for US policy in the Horn of Africa rather than the stove-piped policies that the US has historically implemented. The second conference was held exclusively for members of the Horn's Diaspora in the US. It provided them with the opportunity to critique the report, as well as discuss ways that their organizations could increase their impact to push a regional policy approach more effectively.