Understanding the Somalia Conflagration
Identity, Political Islam and Peacebuilding
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Somalia has been devastated by a US-backed Ethiopian invasion and years of civil war, and it has long been without a central government. Against this background of violence and instability, Somali academic Afyare Abdi Elmi analyses the multiple dimensions of the conflict and the attempts that have been made to find a peace-building consensus.
Somalia is a 'failed' state and a Muslim state. This combination means the West assumes that Somalia will become a breeding ground for extremism. Furthermore, the country regularly hits the headlines as a piracy hotspot. This mix of internal division and outside interference makes for an intensely hostile landscape.
Elmi shows that the problem of statelessness must be addressed before the long process of building peace can begin. He highlights the various factors involved, including clan identities, Islam and the role of other countries in the region, all crucial to any peacebuilding effort.
This unique account from an author who truly understands Somalia should be required reading for students and academics of international relations and peace/conflict studies.
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Title Understanding the Somalia Conflagration
Subtitle Identity, Political Islam and Peacebuilding
Author Afyare Abdi Elmi
BISAC Subject Heading POL040000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government
HIS001020 HISTORY / Africa / East
BIC Subject Heading JP Politics & government
JFSR2 Islamic studies
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Pluto Press
Title First Published 15 June 2010
Includes Index; Bibliography
Nb of pages 224 p. Index . Bibliography .
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781906387761
Publication Date 15 June 2010
Nb of pages 224
Weight 264 gr
List Price £13.99
Original Publisher Pluto Press