Joining in with other Americans, being flexible, yielding a little here and there, sharing stories, taking classes on something other than the Quran, participating in interreligious dialog--all this helps.
In order to genuinely win the hearts and minds of the ordinary citizens, the Somali leadership must not hasten making decisions on their behalf or self-interest by signing any treaty at a disadvantaged position with countries that have more negative record than positive.
What we should be scrutinizing is why American audiences will only stomach stories with dark faces if it's a white one that saves the day. We must ask that people like Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass, people who have leverage in Hollywood, demand better.
Somalia's previous government was predatory and non-democratic. An oppressive government is not necessarily better than when no government exists at all. Why should we expect this new government to be any different?