Political Settlements and State Formation - the case of Somaliland
Sarah Phillips, December 2013
DLP Research Paper 23
Why did the civil wars in Somaliland end while Somalia’s continued? This paper asks why largescale violence was resolved in the internationally unrecognised ‘Republic of Somaliland’ but not in the rest of Somalia.
The case of Somaliland offers insights into why some domestic power struggles – including violent ones – build the foundations for relative political order while others perpetuate cycles of economic malaise and political violence.
The paper highlights that legitimate institutions are those born through local political and social processes, and that these are largely shaped through the leadership process. Among its findings are the importance in Somaliland of:
- a domestically-funded peace process that motivated strategic symbiosis among elites;
- a lack of predetermined institutional endpoints;
- Somalilanders' conscious desire for an enclave of peace within the surrounding turmoil;
- quality secondary education.
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