Becoming Somaliland

Becoming Somaliland : Reconstructing a Failed State

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In 1991, the leaders of the Somali National Movement and elders of the northern Somali clans proclaimed the new Republic of Somaliland. Since then, in contrast to the complete collapse of Somalia, Somaliland has successfully managed a process of reconciliation, demobilization, and restoration of law and order. They have held three successful democratic elections and the capital, Hargeysa, has become an active international trading center. Despite this display of good governance in Africa, Somaliland has yet to be recognized by the international community. International efforts have been directed toward the reunification of Somalia, which has failed, even after 14 peace conferences and international military intervention. Warlords continue to overrun and destabilize southern Somalia while Somaliland works to build peace, stability, and democracy. How long will it be before this African success story achieves the recognition it deserves?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 136.08g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253219973
  • 9780253219978
  • 676,826

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[Bradbury] brings a different perspective than diplomats, journalists or academics, and demonstrates thorough knowledge of clan and sub-clan relations, alliances or conflicts, political actors, and the constitutional and electoral processes.2011, Volume 201 * Cahiers d'Etudes Africianes * . . . comprehensive, providing both a history of the region and a fairly complete assessment of recent state-building efforts. Vol. 88.3 May/June 2009 -- Nicolas van de Walle * Foreign Affairs * In offering this detailed account, Bradbury does not romaticise what has gone on or imply it is automatically sustainable. . . . But this under-reported story is one of undoubted achievement, one that deserves to be more generally proclaimed as it does indeed 'challenge the image of war, disaster and social regression that has been associated with this part of Africa since the early 1980s.'#71 Oct. 2009/2010 -- Lionel Cliffe * University of Leeds * [T]here is no other source on Somaliland that has this text's breadth of discussion. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.March 2009 * Choice * . . . fill[s] an important gap in the literature on Somali studies. * Pambazuka News *
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About Mark Bradbury

Mark Bradbury is a development consultant who has worked extensively in northeast Africa.
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Table of contents

Note on Somali Names
Glossary of Somali Words
Maps of Somaliland

1. The Somali People and Culture
2. The Rise and Fall of the State of Somalia
3. The Political Foundations of Somaliland
4. A New Somaliland
5. State Building and the Long Transition
6. Rising from the Ashes: Economic Rebuilding and Development
7. Social Developments
8. Democratic Traditions
9. The Practice of Government
10. Conclusions: Rethinking the Future

Appendix: Somali Clan Families
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