Freitag, 18. Juni 2010

Most Recent Publication on Somalia

It appears to me that I haven't yet written a short advertisement on my most recent publication on Somalia. Well, here we go: In the first issue of this year's African Security Belachew Gebrewold and I have contributed a piece on Somalia and Regional Security Complex Theory, arguing in a nutshell that the concept of state failure doesn't help us to understand the situation in Somalia at all and that the concept should hence be abandoned when trying to analyse Somalia. Instead we focus on an order beside the state. The bottom line of our argument is this: The challenge for social and political sciences is to describe the order that unfolded after state collapse in Somalia, whereas the concept of state failure only allows for a description of the situation by referring to a period that ended in 1991.

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