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The Horn of Africa since the 1960s

Local and International Politics Intertwined, 1st Edition

Edited by Aleksi Ylönen, Jan Záhořík


270 pages

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The Horn of Africa has long been one of the most dynamic and politically turbulent sub-regions on the African continent.  Host to great ancient civilizations, diverse peoples, and expansive states, the region has experienced massive social, economic, and political transformations which have given rise to military coups, revolutions and intractable ethnic, socio-economic, and religious conflicts.

This comprehensive volume brings together a team of expert scholars who analyze international, regional, national, and local affairs in the Horn of Africa. The chapters demonstrate the intertwined nature of the actors and forces shaping political realities. The case studies, focusing on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan, and South Sudan eloquently illustrate the complex dynamics connecting the spectrum of political issues in the region.

The Horn of Africa since the 1960s will be of interest to students and scholars of contemporary Africa and political science.


"The Horn of Africa since the 1960s is an example of a thoroughly successful attempt to present the contemporary situation in the region based on solid historical analyses. The authors make an effort to put the discussed problems in the longue durée perspective, even though the title of the book suggests that the time perspective is restricted to the second half of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century."

Hanna Rubinkowska-Aniol, Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Aleksi Ylönen and Jan Záhořík

2. Turbulent Political Developments in the Horn of Africa in the Cold War: The central role of Ethiopia, 1960s to 1980s, Jan Záhořík 3. States Breaking and Dominoes Falling? Considerations of Separatism and International Recognition in the Horn of Africa, Aleksi Ylönen

4. External Factors and Their Impact on Internal Political Dynamics in Ethiopia, Jan Záhořík

5. State making, transnational clientelism and political communities in the Horn of Africa, Solomon M. Gofie

6. Ethiopia and China: Changing Relations, Gedion G. Jalata and K. Mathews

7. Eritrea: A Sub-Regional Menace? Aleksi Ylönen

8. Somali Independence and its political connections with Nasser’s Egypt, Antonio M. Morone

9. When the outside is inside: International features of the Somali "civil" war, Itziar Ruiz-Gimenez

10. Crisis of Statehood in Somalia, K. Mathews

11. Any Prospects for Future Peace? Politics and War Surrounding the Sudan-South Sudan Conundrum, Aleksi Ylönen

12. Affirmation or Erosion of Sovereignty in the Horn of Africa? The Case of De Facto State Somaliland, Urban Jakša

13. A hybrid actor in the Horn of Africa: An analysis of Turkey’s involvement in Somalia, Federico Donelli

14. South Sudan’s Oil and International Engagement, Leben Moro

15. Islamization, Arabization and the Break-Up of the Sudan, Yosa Wawa

About the Editors

Aleksi Ylönen is a Research Fellow, Center for International Studies, University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal.

Jan Záhorík is Associate Professor at the Centre for African Studies, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

About the Series

Contemporary African Politics

Once seen only as a continent of poverty, violence and corruption, the Africa of today is a vibrant place where social forces demand representative governance, in the process generating fresh forms of complexities in the political, social and economic life of ordinary Africans. Whether what we are witnessing is a third liberation of the continent: the first from colonialism, the second from autocratic indigenous rule and now something far more different, is a work in progress.

This series seeks original approaches to furthering our understanding of the ensuing changes on the continent. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of African politics. It looks at the full range and variety of African politics in the twenty-first century covering the changing nature of African society, gender issues, economic prosperity and poverty to the development of relations between African states, external organisations and between leaders and the people they would govern. The series aims to publish work by senior scholars as well as the best new researchers and features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialised texts.

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