Run Doon: a twice-yearly update on developments in the Somali Horn of Africa

Current Affairs in the Horn of Africa by Run Doon – Spring 2016

A Somali Nation-State: History, culture and Somaliland’s political transition

A Somali Nation-State: History, Culture and Somaliland's Political Transition

In this new publication, Dr Michael Walls of the DPU offers a strong rebuttable to the narrative of conflict and state failure that is typically attached to Somali politics. He presents a thoroughly researched account of the historical and cultural contexts that have supported Somaliland’s contemporary transition from patriarchal, discursive politics to a remarkably stable representative system. In an area renowned for state failure and conflict, Somaliland’s example is instructive both locally and regionally. While success remains fragile with a number of serious challenges ahead, the achievement is nevertheless impressive.

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