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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”

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US State Department Warnings Biased Against Somaliland

BERBERA, SOMALILAND — To depart Mogadishu’s heavily-armed international airport — Somalia’s “green zone” — is an expensive prospect. Decades of lawlessness and instability in Mogadishu make insurance almost impossible. Few foreigners will pass outside the airport’s heavily fortified walls without armored cars and multiple personal security contractors. Most diplomats in Somalia (including America’s and Europe’s) are either sequestered inside the airport or remain in Kenya. Continue reading “US State Department Warnings Biased Against Somaliland”

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US State Department Strategy to Somaliland So Narrow Minded

To most Americans, anarchy, intervention, and the Black Hawk Down fiasco define Somalia. By any reasonable metric, the country has not improved much since. Somalia has had the dubious honor to be crowned the world’s most corrupt country by Transparency International for 14 years running. Terrorism is a weekly occurrence, and perhaps even a tool for some Somali politicians Continue reading “US State Department Strategy to Somaliland So Narrow Minded”

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Somaliland SDG16+ Progress Report

Despite the government of Somaliland not taking part in the negotiation process that led to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, it has proactively engaged on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has endorsed the SDGs and included them in its national development framework, the National Development Plan II (NDPII), as an expression of the commitment to the agenda. Continue reading “Somaliland SDG16+ Progress Report”

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Somaliland: Hargeisa Rose from the Ashes

The city of Hargeisa, capital of the Republic of Somaliland, was almost completely destroyed by the Siad Barre regime in the late 1980s, as Somalia slipped into the state collapse that resulted in famine, clan violence, civil war, and the rise of the Al Shabaab terrorist group. But while the international community pursued a series of Continue reading “Somaliland: Hargeisa Rose from the Ashes”

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Oromo Delegation in Hargeisa & Pick of Senior Diplomat Underscores Somaliland Role in the Horn

The recent appointment of senior Ethiopian diplomat to Somaliland and the visit made by a delegation of traditional Oromo leaders to Hargeisa underscore the role that Somaliland could play in the turbulent Horn of Africa

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