Menkhaus Publishes CSG Paper on Non-State Security Providers in Somalia

Professor and Chair of Political Science Ken Menkhaus has published a new paper for the Centre for Security Governance (CSG) on the role of non-state security providers in Somalia.

The paper shows that non-state security providers will remain a central feature of the Somali political landscape into the foreseeable future, and the Somali state will be forced to negotiate messy and fluid partnerships with these actors.

This is the third of four papers produced as part of the CSG's project on Non-State Security Providers and Political Formation in Conflict-Affected States. The project was made possible by generous financial support from the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

The peer-reviewed "CSG Papers" series provides a venue for comprehensive research articles and reports on a variety of security sector reform and related topics. The series endeavors to present innovative research that is both academically rigorous and policy relevant.

Authored by prominent academics, analysts and practitioners, the "CSG Papers" cover a range of topics, from geographic case studies to conceptual and thematic analysis, and are based on extensive research and field experience.

CSG is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to the study of security and governance transitions in fragile, failed and conflict-affected states. Based in Canada, the CSG maintains a global, multi-disciplinary network of researchers, practitioners and academics engaged in the international peace and security field.

All CSG publications are freely accessible and available for download online.


  • April 29, 2016