Public Policy Alumna Calls for West to Withdraw from Somalia

Public Policy Alumna Calls for West to Withdraw from Somalia

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Fri, 09/16/2011 - 1:19pm

While hundreds of thousands of Somalis suffer from a drought-caused famine, most aid from agencies continues to be blocked by militants in that country. However, unlike the 1990s, international military intervention doesn’t work and does not have much support, according to experts.

A 2010 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) report by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs MPP alumna Bronwyn Bruton is cited in the Sept. 15 New York Times, in which she is quoted.

“ ‘I don’t think there’s a case to be made that the famine can be mitigated through military intervention,’ Bruton says in the article, echoing her arguments in the CFR essay. In that essay titled, “Somalia: A New Approach,” the 2002 Luskin School graduate, and democracy and governance expert who has extensive experience in Africa, discusses the situation in Somalia and alternatives to intervention policies.

New York Times Article: “Famine Ravages Somalia in a World Less Likely to Intervene” http://nyti.ms/qedpSk

CFR essay “Somalia: A New Approach” http://on.cfr.org/qqVkaV

Bruton, a native of Swaziland, was a 2008-09 international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She formerly was at the national Endowment for Democracy and also served as a program manager on the Africa team of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives. She also served as a policy analyst on the international affairs and trade team of the Government Accountability Office.

Photo courtesy of CFR.

While hundreds of thousands of Somalis suffer from a drought-caused famine, most aid from agencies continues to be blocked by militants in that country. However, unlike the 1990s, international military intervention doesn’t work and does not have much support, according to experts.

A 2010 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) report by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs MPP alumna Bronwyn Bruton is cited in the Sept. 15 New York Times, in which she is quoted.