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State-Building and State-Destroying in the Horn of Africa


From: 14 March 2013 16:30

Till: 14 March 2013 17:45


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Public Lecture by Professor John Markakis

Prospects for state-building in the Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa holds the continental record for inter-state conflicts and civil wars.The cause of this turmoil is a persistent indigenous struggle to change the geopolitical pattern that emerged with decolonization comprising four states – Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti.

Several rival nation-state building projects have been working at cross purposes ever since, and the consequence is the mutilation of the first two states, the collapse of the third, the emergence of two new states – Eritrea, South Sudan - and a third candidate for statehood, Somaliland.

The number of states in the region has increased from four to seven; a remarkable phenomenon by any standard. Professor Markakis will devote his lecture to explaining the prospects for state-building in the Horn of Africa.

Professor John Markakis is Emeritus Professor, University of Crete, Greece and author of numerous publications on the Horn of Africa. His latest book  is Ethiopia: The Last Two Frontiers Oxford: James Currey, 2011.

Publication date: 13 February 2013