By identifying the critical central contradictions that are built into the politics of the Horn of Africa, this book demonstrates that the crises of the Horn states stem from their political behaviour and structural forces, such as internal social forces, and global forces that have become involved on the sides of these states without requiring accountability, the rule of law, or the implementation of, at least, 'limited democracy'.
The contributors provide a deep understanding of structural and conjunctural forces that have interacted in the processes of state power; the role of intervention of global powers; and the consequent failure to build state as a public domain. The book also enriches our social scientific knowledge that is essential to develop pragmatic policy measures to address these problems.
Asafa Jalata is Associate Professor of Sociology, global studies, and African and African American Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the author of Oromia & Ethiopia (1993) and Fighting Against the Injustice of the State and Globalization: Comparing the African American and Oromo Movements (2001), and the editor of Oromo Nationalism and the Ethiopian Discourse: The Search for Freedom & Democracy (1998).