The Istanbul Axis Continues: This week Turkey held an international conference on Somalia (“Istanbul II”) with the theme: “Preparing Somalia’s Future: Goals for 2015”. The conference provided the international community with a unique opportunity to adopt common positions on the future of Somalia. It aimed to chart immediate concrete actions in the political, security and economic spheres that will enable a smooth end of transition and the establishment of an inclusive and broad-based political dispensation in Somalia after August 2012. The conference also sought to build consensus on a long-term approach to state-building and economic development, including the evolution of an enabling environment for private investment in the post-transition period. Visit the Conference website here and hear Al Jazeera’s reporting here.