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Somaliland Moving Forward

New ways of doing things in a tough neighbourhood

‘You see,’ says President Muse Bihi Abdi, pointing to an area to the east on the giant map of Somaliland covering the one wall of the presidential briefing room in Hargeisa, ‘in this area, clan members think “I have a gun, I am the government”’ explaining why the area is spotted with Al-Shabaab fighters and his government continues to battle to establish governance. Continue reading “Somaliland Moving Forward”

Geopolitical Change, a Rising Hegemon, and Berbera Port Deal

In the Horn of Africa, the Republic of Somaliland has functioned as an independent country for close to three decades. It has held multiple elections, seen four presidents take office, prints its own money and issues its own visas, and its capital city, Hargeisa, houses two parliamentary bodies that pass and enact laws. However, it remains an unrecognized country and is viewed by the rest of the world’s states as part of the Republic of Somalia with its capital in Mogadishu. Continue reading “Geopolitical Change, a Rising Hegemon, and Berbera Port Deal”