The horn of africa state formation and decay christopher clapham on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers why is the horn such a distinctive part of africa this book by one of the foremost scholars of the region. Successfully depicts the horn of africa as much more than the disaster zone it is widely perceived to be survival christopher clapham is without doubt one of the most knowledgeable experts on the horn of africa in the world and this is a must read book for anyone working in or on the region. The horn of africa is host to highly varied constituent countries from state collapse followed by deeply flawed reconstruction in somalia to militarized isolation in eritrea and a still fragile developmental state in ethiopia the tensions implicit in the process of state formation now drive the relationships between the once historically close nations of the horn. Clapham has produced a sharp political history of eritrea ethiopia and somalia unfortunately his book largely ignores djibouti the fourth country located in the horn of africa he walks the reader through a complex story of uneven state building and civil war that begins in the nineteenth century and extends to the present to explain the variation in political outcomes. In march 2017 rvi fellow christopher clapham published t he horn of africa state formation and decay with hurst publishersin the acknowledgements clapham describes the role rvis annual horn of africa course has played in developing the ideas expressed in this book
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