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The European Union Training Mission in Somalia: An Assessment

This report, commissioned by Cordaid and conducted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), provides an overview of the European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) and assesses its impact on Somalia’s conflict dynamics since it was established in 2010. It is part of a larger SIPRI project analysing the effectiveness of the European Union’s training missions in Somalia, Mali and the Central African Republic.

The report analyses EUTM Somalia’s main training and advisory activities before assessing its political and operational impacts. It then summarizes the main factors that account for the mission’s successes and limitations and sketches three future scenarios for the mission.

It concludes that EUTM Somalia had a positive political impact on the EU’s relationship with the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union. However, the mission’s impact on Somalia’s conflict dynamics was very limited until 2019, when a direct link was finally established between EUTM Somalia training and operational deployment of Somali units in offensive and stabilization operations.

This report was commissioned as part of Cordaid’s broader work studying peacekeeping missions in CAR, DRC, Somalia and elsewhere.

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