Becoming Somaliland

Becoming Somaliland

Reconstructing a Failed State
Bradbury, Mark
Distribution: Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Bahamas Belize Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominica Dominican Republic Grena
Publication date: 05/20/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21997-8
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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?

Author Bio

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

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The most detailed treatment of the self-proclaimed Somaliland state and its emergence from collapsed Somalia.

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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