Contemporary social life in the Horn of Africa is generally a state-orchestrated experience that terrorizes the majority of the people. This collection of carefully selected essays, explores the different aspects of the current crisis in the Horn region of Africa, where to marginalized indigenous groups the crisis materializes itself as social experiences of terror. The result is a far-reaching and important book which critically examines a state terror manifested in the violation of human rights, democracy, justice and freedom.
’The deep level of analysis is made possible by the well-constructed framework of issues relating to the relative health of the state in each country. In addition, those who are unfamiliar with the region of the Horn of Africa would also find the initial comparative chapters useful as a solid introduction to the politics of this area.’ Just News ’…a most interesting collection of articles…the book serves as a useful introduction to the pervasive and perpetual crisis that is the Horn of Africa.’ Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
Contents: The Horn of Africa: local conflict, global order?, Pat Lauderdale and Randall Amster; Terrorism, the art of statecraft and the Horn of Africa, Annamarie Oliverio; The state, ethnicity and human rights in Ethiopia, John Sorenson; U.S. - sponsored Ethiopian democracy and state terrorism, Asafa Jalata; Promises to keep: human rights in post-derg Ethiopia, Theodore M. Vestal; Some reflections on the crisis of state-building in Eritrea and Ethiopia, Mesfin Araya; State disorder: global intervention and crisis in Somalia, Pietro Toggia and Pat Lauderdale; The impact of conflict on minority groups in Somalia, Julia Maxted; Civil society and state crisis in Somalia, Pietro Toggia; Islamization in Sudan: the fallacy of the Sudanese administrations’ policy of national identity, Korwa G. Adar; Minorities in the Horn of Africa, Abebe Zegeye and Julia Maxted; Postscript: The ripple effects of the Ethio-Eritrea conflict in the Horn of Africa; Bibliography; Index.