Stig Jarle Hansen

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Associate Professor

Dr Stig Jarle Hansen is an associate professor and leader of the international relations program at the Norwegian University of Life Science, and author of the acclaimed "Al Shabaab in Somalia" (Hurst, 2013), as well as a co-author of "The Borders of Islam" (Hurst, 2009). He is one of the world's leading experts on Islamists in East Africa and Yemen, and has been used by CNN, NBC, Al Jazeera, BBC and Chinese Channel 4 as an expert commenter.



Al-Shabaab's Three Crises

In the wake of al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane's death from a US airstrike in September, Stig Jarle Hansen examines the leadership, territorial, and ideological crises the group currently faces.

Stig Jarle Hansen

29 Oct 2014

Situation Report


The role of religion in the Somali conflict has frequently been neglected, misunderstood or dismissed as irrelevant. Researchers have often preferred to focus on warlords, but religious actors have always been important, causing violence as well as establishing peace and creating forms of justice, delivering services and building educational institutions.

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