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Sagal Abshir

  • Non-Resident Fellow

Sagal Abshir is a non-resident fellow at CIC. Her current focus is on the political dimensions of the global energy transition and multilateral responses to the risks posed by climate change.

Sagal is currently Director of Development and Operations for The Clean Fight New York, a growth stage clean energy innovation accelerator closing the access and adoption gap. Prior to this experience, Sagal was working on political and governance issues in the Horn of Africa, where amongst other things, she undertook research on the linkages between climate change and conflict. From 2016-2018, Sagal was advising the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Somalia on the ‘politics of security’, helping Somali political actors negotiate and develop a political agreement on a national security architecture (this led to a CIC publication on the topic).

Sagal holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

  • Publication: Report April 10, 2018 Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding

    The Politics of Security in Somalia

    Starting from a very low base, Somalia is making slow but definite, if reversible, progress towards becoming a capable, peaceful, and fully sovereign state. Central to success will be greater security and the emergence of institutions that are politically acceptable to all Somalis, accountable, affordable, and capable of addressing both the causes and characteristics of insecurity.

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