Somali Foreign Policy, 1960 –1990: An Analysis of Thirty Years of Diplomatic History
By Ibrahim Farah
Somali Foreign Policy, 1960 –1990: An Analysis of Thirty Years of Diplomatic History uses theories of state behaviour to interrogate Somali foreign policy during the years between independence in 1960 and state collapse in 1991 and connects this to the dynamics of the civil war and the conflicts that followed the state collapse.
The book is an important contribution to the issue of the Somali state collapse and its cascading impacts on the country, including its foreign policy. It also answers a number of questions on inter-state conflicts in Africa and the ways in which armed conflicts on the continent arise from a combination of internal and external factors.
The author, Dr. Ibrahim Farah, a Somali academic and former lecturer at the University of Nairobi, is the founder and head of the research unit of the Mogadishu-based Justice & Peace Network (aka Maandeeq—JPN), a global Somali political movement.
Dr. Farah has some 30 years’ experience in academic teaching and research, humanitarian aid and development cooperation as well as in socio-political and security analysis. He is also an expert in strategic peace-building and state-building processes.