Somali Community Leadership and Conflict Management

Omar Ahmed, University of Southern Maine


This study examines conflict management and collaboration among Somali leaders in Lewiston, Maine. This work also discusses contextual information about political, social and cultural challenges faced by Somali leaders. Somali elders spend a great portion of their time dealing with conflicts, and they have a responsibility to those who look to them for leadership. A major issue is the changing roles of women and gender relations among the Somalis, both those in Somalia and those elsewhere in the world, including Lewiston. The ability to manage conflicts constructively is an essential aspect of effective community leadership and has significant implications for good governance of the community. Therefore, it is essential to find conflict resolution strategies and promote well being among the Somali community in Lewiston.