Becoming Somaliland: Reconstructing A Failed State

Paperback | May 20, 2008

byMark Bradbury

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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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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 succ...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.65 inPublished:May 20, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253219973

ISBN - 13:9780253219978

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Somali Names
Acronyms
Glossary of Somali Words
Maps of Somaliland

Introduction
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

References
Appendix: Somali Clan Families
Index

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"... fill[s] an important gap in the literature on Somali studies." -Pambazuka News