• José Maria de Castro Nunes Pinheiro de Freitas
The objective of this thesis to analyze possible alternative pathways for state-building. By examining the dynamics of both endogenous and exogenous state-building processes. Focusing on Somaliland, this paper will offer an insight on the region’s state-building path.
By analyzing diverse trends of literature on the concept, the thesis develops an analytical frame to better understand this tumultuous process. The paper argues for the need of rethinking the concept by focusing more on the bottom aspect of state-building. By analyzing the Somali state-building path after Siad Barre’s overthrow and consequently the Somaliland state trajectory, this paper will propose that grassroots peace-making, traditional structures and home-grown democracy were vital aspects in the process of Somaliland’s state-building.
Conceptually, the thesis focus in the point of view of scholars in both International Relations and Development studies. Applying a qualitative research concentrated in the regions of Somalia and Somaliland, the thesis will strive to contribute to the theoretical debate that surrounds the important concept of state-building. It is intended that the research results go past the general understanding of Somaliland by contributing to the understanding of the complex process of state-building in failed states.
Publication date26 Jul 2016
Number of pages45
ID: 237700717