Destabilising Interventions in Somalia: Sovereignty Transformations and Subversions, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Destabilising Interventions in Somalia

Sovereignty Transformations and Subversions, 1st Edition

By Debora Valentina Malito


176 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9780815358428
pub: 2019-10-21
SAVE ~$28.00
Available for pre-order

FREE Standard Shipping!


This book provides a study of international intervention in Somalia, contesting the rigidity of the Failed State Narrative, as well those anchored to political and anthropological determinism that have overemphasised the role of clanism, Islam, state capacity as explanatory variables of the Somali crisis.

The Somali crisis has become the object of an extended debate about the nature of the conflict, peace processes, and broader issues of political order. However, while studies about the causes of state collapse in Somalia are common, systematic studies about the consequences of interventions are rare. This book fills this gap, by exploring the consequences of regional and global interventions in Somalia. Providing a systemic study of international intervention in Somalia, this book examines three interesting periods of the recent Somali history: the UN-US peace enforcement operations (1991-1994); the regional proxy war between Ethiopia and Eritrea; and the counter-terrorist operations sponsored under the Global War on Terror (2001-2010). Drawing upon critical theory of liberal peace, the author contests existing approaches to global intervention in Somalia.

This book will be of interest to scholars of peace and conflict studies, International Intervention and African politics.

Table of Contents

Part 1: How we think about Sovereignty and Intervention

1. Introduction

2. Minding the Gap: When State Weakness Justifies Intervention

3. Problems with International Intervention

Part 2: Interventions in Somalia

4. Neutral in Favour of Whom? The UN intervention in Somalia and the Somaliland peace process

5. Regional Mutual Interferences

6. Building Terror while Fighting Enemies during the Global War on Terrorism

7. The Politics of Destabilisation

About the Author

Debora V. Malito is Lecturer in International Relations at Xi’an Jiaotong- Liverpool University, People’s Republic of China. She held research positions at the European University Institute and University of Cape Town, and her work intersect critical theory in International Relations and African security governance.

About the Series

African Governance

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies