Subduing al-Shabaab: The Somalia Model of Counterterrorism and Its Limits

July 03, 2018

by Paul D. Williams



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Unwilling to deploy a large number of troops to Somalia, since 2007 the United States has used a “tailored engagement strategy” with the African Union (AMISOM) to degrade the terror threat from al-Shabaab. In what ways has it worked? Can and should the United States use similar tailored engagement strategies in other theaters?