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Title:When things fall apart: conflict dynamics and an order beside the State in postcollapse Somalia
Authors:Gebrewold, BelachewISNI
Dehéz, Dustin
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2206)
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:State collapse
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19362201003608763
Abstract:Twenty years after the State in Somalia collapsed, Somalia is still being referred to as a failed State. The term of 'State failure' to describe the situation in Somalia since the breakdown of the central order and the ouster of Siad Barre in 1991 does not only fail to adequately describe the order that has emerged from the breakdown of the State. It is a term to describe the current situation that actually describes the period that led up to the breakdown of State structures. Against this background, this article argues that by using the concept of an order 'beside the State' the situation in Somalia can be captured more accurately. In trying to expand this model, it is further argued that the Somali conflict needs to be understood as a multi-level 'conflict system' that extends from a local to a regional and global level. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]