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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On the global landscape it embodies the ' never , never ' land of non - states and failed diplomacy and represents the longest period of any nation in modern history without a government despite recent efforts to re - establish one .
Now sadly associated with global terrorism and shady economic practices in some international quarters , their territory is claimed to have hosted terrorist networks , such as al - Qaida , and actions against Somalia have been taken ...
These tactics are not surprising and reflect an uncanny understanding of Western sentiments and fears of global terrorism and radical Islam . Thus , the power of warlords and opposition movements has been markedly strengthened since ...
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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