Somalia: Economy Without State
International African Institute, 2003 - 206 pages
In the wake of the collapse of the Somali government in 1991, a "second" or "informal" economy based on trans-border trade and smuggling is thriving. While focusing primarily on pastoral and agricultural markets, Peter D. Little demonstrates that the Somalis are resilient and opportunistic and that they use their limited resources effectively. While it is true that many Somalis live in the shadow of brutal warlords and lack access to basic health care and education, Little focuses on those who have managed to carve out a productive means of making ends meet under difficult conditions and emphasizes the role of civic culture even when government no longer exists. Exploring questions such as, Does statelessness necessarily mean anarchy and disorder? Do money, international trade, and investment survive without a state? Do pastoralists care about development and social improvement? This book describes the complexity of the Somali situation in the light of international terrorism.
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17 During the 1990s this armed faction acquired considerable notoriety in the international media when they ... Kismayo and the different factions of the SPM were the focus of substantial international attention during 1993 and 1994 ...
For example , within General Hersi Morgan's faction , a major political group in the region also called the Somali Patriotic Movement ( SPM ) , important clan - based contradictions are revealed . Morgan himself is a Majerteyn ...
A son - in - law of Siad Barre and a representative of the late President's faction , the Somalia National Front ( SNF ) , Morgan also drew initially on the Marehan who , as indicated in Chapter 2 , were at odds with the Ogadeen .
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Argues that despite political, social, and environmental instability, the Somali society and economy have survived. The author focuses on the Somali borderlands adjacent to Kenya, comparing that ... Read full review