Crisis and Terror in the Horn of Africa: Autopsy of Democracy, Human Rights and Freedom, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Crisis and Terror in the Horn of Africa

Autopsy of Democracy, Human Rights and Freedom, 1st Edition

By Pietro Toggia, Pat Lauderdale


304 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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.

About the Series

Law, Social Change and Development Series

Law, Social Change and Development Series
The series is devoted to a critical and contextual analysis of legal issues throughout the Third World. It reconsiders at length the major issues involving change in law, and social development in the new world order. It provides a detailed critique of liberal law and development theory, explaining its relevance to and impact upon the local justice systems of peoples in the developing world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism