Somalia/Somaliland

Transformation Euphoria in the Horn of Africa

As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.

The political transformation in the Horn of Africa is arguably the most counterintuitive development in the 21st century so far. Ethiopia has steered away from implosion and, for the first time in its history, appointed […]

Somalis in the First World War

As a new exhibition commemorates the Somali effort during the First World War, LSE’s Joanna Lewis analyses how scholarship of the Great War is increasingly encompassing the global contribution of the conflict.
This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War (1914-18).  In London, one of the most famous WW1 memorials can be found in Hyde […]

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    Book Review: Little Mogadishu: Eastleigh, Nairobi’s global Somali hub by Neil Carrier

Book Review: Little Mogadishu: Eastleigh, Nairobi’s global Somali hub by Neil Carrier

Constance Smith says that the publication of Neil Carrier’s Little Mogadishu: Eastleigh, Nairobi’s global Somali hub is timely and evocative demonstration of how great opportunity can emerge out of displacement.

 

In this era of politicised austerity and global terror, the easy suspicion and scapegoating of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants of all sorts is seemingly ubiquitous. The ‘refugee crisis’ and […]

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    Book Review: The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay by Christopher Clapham

Book Review: The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay by Christopher Clapham

Christopher Clapham should be commended for synthesising a career of scholarship on the Horn of Africa into a short volume written in fluid and engaging prose. Those seeking an introduction to a region which defies easy explanation would struggle to find a better foundational text in paperback, says Nick Branson.

 

An authority on the Horn of Africa for half a […]

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    Doing business in Somaliland: Looking beyond the regulatory environment

Doing business in Somaliland: Looking beyond the regulatory environment

Nimo-ilhan Ali and Nasra Jama detail some of the challenges facing small-scale entrepreneurs in Somaliland.

Amaah, a Somali word that roughly means ‘loan’, is perhaps one of the most important words used in Somaliland to describe the relationship between customers and small business owners. To ensure customers loyalty, small businesses selling basic food and non-food essentials have to offer a […]

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    Economic solutions are crucial to help solve Somalia’s political woes

Economic solutions are crucial to help solve Somalia’s political woes

Maximilien von Berg argues that a formalised and inclusive financial sector is necessary for Somalia’s political and economic prospects to improve.

 

With the 2016 presidential contest looming, political stakes are high in Somalia. Yet, it is no secret that this race falls way short of a democratic election. This is precisely why the economy should have every development partner’s complete […]

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    Book Review: Al-Shabaab in Somalia: the history and ideology of a militant Islamist Group by Stig Jarle Hansen

Book Review: Al-Shabaab in Somalia: the history and ideology of a militant Islamist Group by Stig Jarle Hansen

As a revised and updated version of Stig Jarle Hansen’s Al Shabaab in Somalia is released, LSE’s Joanna Lewis praises the volume for providing a comprehensive history of the militant Islamist group.

 

Stig Jarle Hansen’s widely acclaimed book on Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group first published in 2013, has been reissued this year […]

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    Book Review: Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12 by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid

Book Review: Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12 by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid

LSE’s Richard Stupart says Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12 by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid is an excellent volume that should be mandatory reading for researchers, practising humanitarians, or policy makers interested in understanding better what went into the making of and response to a ‘complex humanitarian emergency’ in Somalia.

 

This year marked the fifth […]

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    Parents in Somaliland are going to great lengths to stop their children from migrating to Europe

Parents in Somaliland are going to great lengths to stop their children from migrating to Europe

Nimo-ilhan Ali unveils one of the strategies used by Somali parents to prevent their children from undertaking the risky journey to Europe.

Discussions about the ‘migration crisis’ has largely been framed within the confinements of what European politicians and governments are doing or should be doing to halt the arrivals of a large number of people via the Mediterranean. Rarely […]

Twenty five years later, Somaliland comes of age

LSE alumnus Bashir Ali reflects on Somaliland’s progress and development as it celebrates a landmark anniversary.

Somaliland is to most a region of Somalia; however, it recently celebrated its landmark 25th Independence Day to commemorate when it decided to discontinue the Union with Somalia. Somaliland was a former British protectorate securing independence on 26th June 1960 and sacrificing it five […]

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