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Future Lens

A renewed focus on African agency is central to Herbst and Mills predictions about the alternate futures that the continent of Africa faces. What is most interesting about the argument they have raised is the underlying issue that manages to … Continue reading

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Somalia’s Significant Burden

From studying the underlying burdens that affect African statehood, it becomes apparent that societal failures are not limited to a root cause. Instead the infrastructure that allows a nation to assume legitimacy requires a variety of factors that disables a … Continue reading

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News- In Somalia, 11 Killed in Car Bomb Blast in the Capital

Just another example of ongoing extremist violence, affecting the stability and acting legitimacy of the current Somalia government. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/11/26/world/africa/ap-af-somalia-violence.html?mwrsm=Email&_r=0  

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Country Post #6: Foreign Actors

The classification of Somalia as a failed state has dramatically affected its relation with foreign nations. A general inability, to maintain secure borders, monopolize state violence and suppress serious oppositional forces all directly contribute to Somalia’s position within the international … Continue reading

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Somali Violence Conflicts

A failed state is defined as the inability of a power to perform the main function of government, protection of its populace. While there has definitely been an improvement to the livelihoods of the average Somali citizen, these violent conflicts … Continue reading

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Somalia and Foreign Aid/Development

The choice by strong states to provide foreign aid has always been classically justified by humanitarian intentions. However, post 9/11 foreign aid has become a clear calculated tool by states to stabilize war-torn/unstable regions across the globe. These regions that … Continue reading

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Foreign Investment (Superpower vs. Failed State)

Somalia has consistently been burdened by its strategic positioning along the Horn of Africa, leading to foreign intervention both during its colonial period and at its moment of independence. This is clearly evident in the shared history of the Federal … Continue reading

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Somalia’s neo-patrimonial Handicap, Tribalism vs Federalism

A central tenant in our understanding of the current political climate of Africa pertains to the severe impact of colonialism on the existing institutions within the continent. In regards to Somalia’s current political culture it has been primarily affected by … Continue reading

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Country Post 1- Federal Republic of Somalia and Eritrea

The Suez Canal was created in the late 1800’s, and allowed the European international trading economy to explore beyond the Red Sea and into the various ports along the Indian Ocean. This particular geographic factor becomes the primary motivator for … Continue reading

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