Dominik Balthasar

Dominik Balthasar is a Researcher and Analyst with the Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellowship for International Relations and Security, in the framework of which he has worked with Chatham House, the US Institute of Peace, and the EU Institute for Security Studies. His work focuses on issues pertaining to conflict and state fragility, as well as international efforts toward state reconstruction and development, particularly in Somalia. Balthasar has taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and has consulted with a number of international development organizations, including the United Nations and the World Bank in Somalia.

New Approaches Are Needed for State-Building in Somalia

November 19, 2014

In order to maintain the momentum in Somalia’s transition, policy space needs to be opened up to advance the country’s state-building process. Having reached a milestone with the installation of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in September 2012, hope and optimism for a Somali future marked by peace and...

The Shabab Distortion: Somalia’s Real Challenges Lie Elsewhere

July 19, 2014

Given that fighting al-Shabab does little to advance Somalia’s state-building, other approaches need pursuing. Al-Shabab’s attack on the presidential palace in Mogadishu on July 8 is the latest in a string of violent assaults that have afflicted Somalia and neighboring countries. The militant Islamist group’s ability to penetrate the heavily...