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Title:Somalia: 'They created a desert and called it peace(building)'
Author:Menkhaus, KenISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:foreign intervention
political conflicts
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240903083136
Abstract:This article documents the humanitarian, political and security dimensions of the current Somali crisis and assesses the external policies that are playing an increasingly central role in the conflict. It advances the thesis that in 2007 and 2008 external Western and UN actors treated Somalia as a post-conflict setting when in fact their own policies helped to inflame armed conflict and insecurity there. As a result there was no peace for peacekeepers to keep, no State to which State-building projects could contribute, and increasingly little humanitarian space in which aid agencies could reach over 3 million Somalis in need of emergency relief. The gap between Somali realities on the ground and the set of assumptions on which aid and diplomatic policies toward Somalia have been constructed is wide and deep. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]