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To Stabilize Mali, Look to Somalia’s Lessons

The United Nations Security Council has made a wise decision to create an ambitious African stabilization mission for Mali.

To succeed, however, this mission will need to draw lessons from the other side of the continent, where African peacekeepers have had notable results pacifying Somalia. Their experience suggests how an effective partnership between African nations and external powers, such as the U.S. and European Union, can create the space for promising political solutions.