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Title:Diaspora and post-war political leadership in Somalia
Author:Ismail, Abdirashid A.
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Geographic term:Somalia
return migration
political participation
Abstract:Violence, insecurity, and severe hunger resulting from the civil war caused hundreds of thousands of Somalis to flee the country. Now a large number of them live in the diaspora. These diaspora communities retain close ties with the homeland and engage in a wide variety of transnational activities. Some Somali prefer to return to Somalia. With regard to Somali politics, there are three main areas that diaspora returnees are involved in. Some invest in the private and social sector; others engage in the civil services; while yet others directly compete for higher political positions. This paper focuses on the participation of returned professional politicians in post-war political leadership in the Somali Republic. Based on the assumption that the Somali diaspora is increasingly dominating the political leadership of the homeland, the paper addresses two questions. Firstly, what is the role of the diaspora relative to their local counterparts in the field of political leadership? Secondly, given the leadership skills and experiences accumulated while abroad, particularly in the West, what is diaspora political leadership able to contribute towards peace and a State-building project in post-war Somalia? Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]