Center for Strategic Communication


As Heads of State convene in London to discuss Somalia’s future the American Security Project (ASP) invites you to:


US National Security and the New Somalia:

Reflections from the Former Prime Minister

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 from 8:30am until 9:30am.

Location: 1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC

7th Floor West Tower


Join us for a conversation with Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, the former Premier of Somalia.

The last two years in Somalia has seen militant Islamists in retreat and a country rise from the ashes of chronic conflict and chaos. At the helm during this transformative period the former Prime Minister, argues that security and political progress in Somalia has boosted US national security interests.

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Speaker Bio

 Ali initially studied in Mogadishu, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Somali National University and he obtained a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University as an AFGRAD Fellow of Economics.

Between 1994-1995 and 1995-1998, he was a Bradley Fellow in George Mason University‘s Department of Economics and Center for Study of Public Choice, respectively. In 1998-1999, Ali was a Joel Fellow of Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he earned a Certificate of Taxation from Harvard Law School in 1999 and a Master’s degree in Public administration the same year. In 2000, he also obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.

In a professional capacity, Ali served as a Director in the Excise Tax Department of Somalia’s Ministry of Finance and Revenue in the mid-to-late 1980s. Between 1988 and 1991, he was an Assistant Director in Research and Statistics at the Ministry of Finance and Revenue.

Between 1998 and 1999, he was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). He later moved to Niagara County in New York state, where he was an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Commerce of Niagara University, having joined the school in 2003.

Ali also served as a consultant for various international organizations, including the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program.

His main academic areas of concentration have been in public finance, public choice and international trade. Ali’s current research endeavors have centered around the impact that institutions have on economic growth.

Ali is also an active member of various economic organizations, including the International Atlantic Economic Society, the American Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association.

Transitional Federal Government

On October 12, 2010, Ali was appointed the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation as well as one of the three Deputy Prime Ministers.  On June 19, 2011, Ali was appointed the Acting Premier of Somalia after Prime Minister Mohamed abruptly resigned from office. He was appointed the Prime Minister of the Transitional  Federal Government on June 23, 2011; a position he held till October 17, 2012.