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Understanding the Somalia Conflaguration Identity, Islam and Peace Building

ISBN-10: 0745329748

ISBN-13: 9780745329741

Edition: 2010

Authors: Afyare Abdi Elmi

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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-born Afyare Abdi Elmi, attempts to 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 going to the roots of the conflict 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.
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 6/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Afyare Abdi Elmi teaches at the Department of International Affairs at Qatar University.

Acknowledgements
Preface
Note on Methods
Introduction: Conflict and Peace in Somalia
The Somali conflict: why we should care
Major arguments
Statelessness, piracy and peacebuilding
The Somali conflict
Challenges to ending the Somali civil war
Organization of the book
Conclusion
Understanding the Sources of Somali Conflict
Somalia: brief background
Competition for resources and power
Colonial legacy and military repression
The peace conferences: why did they fail?
The Mbagathi conference and transitional federal government
Conclusion
Clan Identity and Implications for Peacebuilding in Somalia
The nature of clan identity
Functions of clan identity
Clan identity and the Somali civil war
Impact of clan identity on peacebuilding
Analysis and options for addressing clan identity in Somalia
Conclusion
Making Sense of Islam and Islamic Awakening in Somalia
Islam and its role in Somalia
Islamic awakening: what is it and why is it popular?
Evolution of Islamic awakening in Somalia
Islamic movements and their methods of social change
Islamic courts in Somalia: a vehicle for social change
The Islamic awakening and its implications for peacebuilding in Somalia
The future of the Islamic awakening or 'Islamism' in Somalia
Conclusion
Understanding the US Policy toward Somalia
Context
War on terror: definitions, principles and goals
Politics of adding Al-Ittihad and Al-Shabab to the terrorist list
US support for Somali warlords and the Ethiopian occupation
The US role in deposing the Union of Islamic Courts
Somali perceptions of the US role
The Obama administration and Somalia: Is there any change of policy?
Conclusion
The Role of Regional Countries and Organizations in the Somali Conflict
Ethiopia: historic enemy and hostile neighbour of Somalia
Ethiopia and post-state collapse in Somalia
Kenya: facilitator and beneficiary of the conflict
Djibouti: peace promoter in Somalia
Regional organizations: instruments used by Ethiopia and Kenya to perpetuate Somalia's conflict
Analysis and implications for peacebuilding in Somalia
Conclusion
Peacebuilding Education: Contested Resource and Vehicle for Social Transformation
Education in Somalia: background
Role of education in the Somalia conflict
Politics of reconstruction
Education and identity
Citizenship education in Somalia
Peace education in Somalia
Peacebuilding education in Somalia
Challenges of using education for social change: analysis and implications
Conclusion
Role for the International Community: Options and Implications
Understanding the international community and its role in peacebuilding
Somalia under a UN trusteeship system
United Nations transitional administration
Supporting home-grown solutions
Conclusion: A Way Forward
Further research
Recommendations
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index