Becoming Somaliland

9780253219978: Paperback
Release Date: 20th May 2008

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 200

Series African Issues

Indiana University Press

Becoming Somaliland

Reconstructing a Failed State

Paperback / £17.99

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?

Note on Somali Names
Glossary of Somali Words
Maps of Somaliland

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

Appendix: Somali Clan Families

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

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

Peter D. Little
author of Somalia: Economy without State

. . . fill[s] an important gap in the literature on Somali studies.

Pambazuka News

[T]here is no other source on Somaliland that has this text's breadth of discussion. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.March 2009


In offering this detailed account, Bradbury does not romaticise what has gone on or imply it is automatically sustainable. . . . But this under-reported story is one of undoubted achievement, one that deserves to be more generally proclaimed as it does indeed 'challenge the image of war, disaster and social regression that has been associated with this part of Africa since the early 1980s.'#71 Oct. 2009/2010

Lionel Cliffe
University of Leeds

. . . comprehensive, providing both a history of the region and a fairly complete assessment of recent state-building efforts. Vol. 88.3 May/June 2009

Nicolas van de Walle
Foreign Affairs

[Bradbury] brings a different perspective than diplomats, journalists or academics, and demonstrates thorough knowledge of clan and sub-clan relations, alliances or conflicts, political actors, and the constitutional and electoral processes.2011, Volume 201

Cahiers d'Etudes Africianes