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Book Presentation: Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State by Mary Harper

Written by admin on March 19th, 2012

When: Friday, 20 April 2012 at 6pm

Where: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6HG

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture is pleased to invite you to a presentation and discussion of the new book Getting Somalia Wrong? with author, Mary Harper, and discussants Idil Osman and Quman Akli.

Two decades of state collapse, conflict, mass displacement, natural and man-made disasters have earned Somalia the unenviable reputation of the world’s most failed state. Add to all this, the boom in piracy off the coast of Somalia and the rise of Islamic extremism on land and Somalia poses the greatest policy challenge for  international decision-makers.

In Getting Somalia Wrong Mary Harper provides a concise account of how and why Somalia reached its present situation of state collapse, whilst managing to defy classical theories on the nation state by having functioning sectors.The author argues that, the Somalia we once knew, may no longer function in the conventional way, but in many respects the situation is far from being failed. The Somali people have responded to their harsh reality by creating alternative forms of business, justice, education and local politics.

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