Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745329741 Published August 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Understanding the Somalia Conflagration: Identity, Political Islam and Peacebuilding

Afyare Abdi Elmi

Understanding the Somalia Conflagration: Identity, Political Islam and Peacebuilding

Afyare Abdi Elmi

Distributed for Pluto Press

216 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745329741 Published August 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745329758 Published August 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Somalia has been devastated by a US-backed Ethiopian invasion and years of civil war, and it has long been without a central government. Against this background of violence, Somali academic Afyare Abdi Elmi, attempts to explain the multiple dimensions of the conflict and find a peace-building consensus.

Somalia is a failed state and a Muslim state. This combination means the West assumes that it will become a breeding ground for extremism. The country regularly hits the headlines as a piracy hotspot. This combination of internal division and outside interference makes for an intensely hostile landscape. Elmi shows that only by addressing the problem of the statelessness in the country can the long process of peace begin. He highlights clan identities, Islam and other countries in the region as the key elements in any peace-building effort.

This unique account from an author who truly understands Somalia should be required reading for students and academics of international relations and peace / conflict studies.

Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Note On Methods
1 Introduction
2 Understanding The Sources Somali Conflict
3 Clan Identity And Implications For Peacebuilding In Somalia
4 Making Sense Of Islam And Islamic Awakening In Somalia
5 Revisiting U.S. Policy Toward Somalia After September
6 The Role Of Regional Countries And Organizations In The Somali Conflict
7 Peacebuilding Education: Contested Resource And Vehicle For Social Transformation
8 Role For The International Community: Options And Implications
9 Conclusion: Way Forward
Further Research
Recommendations
Bibliography
Index

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