Yusuf Hassan

Yusuf M. Hassan is a Somali-American journalist, political and media analyst, and communications adviser.

How Federalism Can Work in Somalia

November 29, 2017

To restore unity, Somali federal and state leaders need to cooperate and work together for the interest of the country as a whole. The October 14 bombing that killed over 400 people, mostly civilians, near Mogadishu’s busy Zoppe Square was the single worst attack in East Africa since the armed insurgency erupted in...

Delayed Elections Sabotage Somalia’s Democratic Dreams

October 04, 2016

For Somalia to achieve peace and democracy, state-building must be the new federal government’s cornerstone policy. Somalia was supposed to have a new parliament in August, followed shortly thereafter by parliamentarians voting in a new president on September 10. This imperfect system has brought to power four new presidents since...

Somalia’s Path to Recovery is Not Just About Elections

February 08, 2016

With elections expected in summer 2016, questions are being raised over Somalia’s electoral record. Somalia’s political recovery will be tested in the lead-up to the 2016 national elections. It is widely agreed that the possibility of “one-man, one-vote” is both unrealistic and impractical. The war-torn, fragmented East African nation of...

Somalia is Tired of Conflict and Destruction

June 05, 2015

A brighter future for Somalia requires a narrative of peace that restores social trust, reinforces government institutions and instills hope. In 2015, Somalia entered its 25th consecutive year of instability, fragmentation and economic decline. The world has witnessed the impact of Somalia’s instability for years—with piracy disrupting maritime trade, and...