Somaliland: An Examination of State Failure and Secession Movements
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The collapse of Somalia’s central government in 1991 has fissured the state into three distinct socio-political regions. South-central Somalia struggles to emerge from a devastating state crisis and exhibits no institutional capacity; Puntland, the northeastern region of Somalia, declared itself a semi-autonomous federal state in 1998 but exhibits widespread poverty; Somaliland, the northwest region of Somalia, maintains a relatively stable society under a self-declared, but unrecognized, independent government. Despite a hostile geographical and political climate, Somaliland has undergone numerous peaceful electoral turnovers, a rarity in post-colonial Africa. In light of the striking juxtaposition between south-central Somalia and Somaliland, this paper explores both the links between state failure and secession movements as well as examines Somaliland’s attempt to secede.
DepartmentPublic Policy Studies
CitationForti, Daniel R. (2011). Somaliland: An Examination of State Failure and Secession Movements. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/5096.
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