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Nationalism and secession in the Horn of Africa: a critique of the ethnic interpretation

  title={Nationalism and secession in the Horn of Africa: a critique of the ethnic interpretation},
  author={Dominique Jacquin-Berdal},
This thesis seeks to assess the relevance of existing theories about the origins of nationalism and investigate more specifically the claim that nationalism is rooted in ethnicity. It does so by examining the cases of Eritrea and Somaliland, which proclaimed their independence in May 1991 after seceding from the states to which they were formerly united. Having explained in the introduction why International Relations needs to take a closer look at the causes of nationalism, the second chapter… 
Coming to Kenya: Imagining and Perceiving a Nation among the Borana of Kenya
Abstract Studies of nations and nationalisms are as complex as they are diverse. Post-colonial African nation-states epitomise many of the problems inherent in the definition of ‘nation’, ‘national
The Nation and Its Outsiders: The ‘Gypsy Question’ and Peasant Nationalism in Finland, c. 1863–1900
This chapter discusses the emergence of the so-called ‘Gypsy question’ in late nineteenth-century Finland. This aggressive problematization of a tiny minority can be seen as an example of how
Reframing African Migration to Europe: An Alternative Narrative
The increased flow of refugees and migrants poses challenges, opportunities and obligations for countries around the world. In the EU, these flows have resulted in substantial political tensions and
Secession Outside the Colonial Context: The Birth of Eritrea in Retrospect
In light of the recent waves of secessionist struggle and conflict in Africa, a number of debates have spurred the possibility of secession outside the colonial context. Sourcing data from
Puntland's declaration of autonomy and Somaliland's secession: two quests for self-governance in a failed state
Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts assesses the ability of such power distribution arrangements to resolve violent struggles between central governments and separatist groups.
The Ethio-Eritrea border war: struggle for territorial integrity or politico-economic supremacy?
ABSTRACT The Ethio-Eritrea border war, which took place from 1998–2000, was not formally resolved until the signing of a peace declaration on 9 July 2018. Known as a ‘fight between two bald men over
The Idea of Transmodern Ethiopia: A Perspective from Philosophy and Ethics of Liberation1
Transmodernity is a new philosophical paradigm that transcends the modern foundational ethos and as well differs from the postmodern critique. It is basically a call towards a just social order that
Re-Imagining Identities: Racial and Ethnic Discourses within Seattle’s Habesha Community
My research explores the means by which identities of “nonwhite” Habesha (Ethiopian and Eritrean) immigrants are negotiated through the use of media, community spaces, collectivism, and activism. As
‘Peace-building as state-building’? Rethinking liberal interventionism in contexts of emerging states
Abstract Contemporary policy-making guided by the ‘liberal peace’ holds that peace is necessary for states to emerge, and that peace-building and state-building do not only go in tandem, but are
State-making at Gunpoint: The Role of Violent Conflict in Somaliland’s March to Statehood
Abstract The role of war in processes of state-making has long been hotly disputed. Although generally considered an African ‘success story’, the case of Somaliland, whose unilateral declaration of


Nationalism and Political Development
IF IT WERE NECESSARY to select the most important single force behind the revolutionary drive of the rising peoples of Asia and Africa, the choice would inevitably go to nationalism. For none of its
The Idea of Nationalism. A Study of Its Origins and Background.
In this sixtieth anniversary edition of The Idea of Nationalism, Craig Calhoun probes the work of Hans Kohn and the world that first brought prominence to this unparalleled defense of the national
Nationalism in Tropical Africa
Postwar uprisings and nationalist assertions in Tropical Africa-that part of the continent south of the Sahara and north of the Union-have directed increased attention towards the nature and
Ethnicity is not Enough: Reflections on Protracted Secessionism in the Third World
THE COLD WAR had a perverse consequence. It helped to consolidate the political map that resulted from the Second World War and decolonisation. Between the great protagonists, and their lesser
Ethnicity and Nationalism
'As a introduction to the study of ethnicity, [this] book will do excellently.' Ethnologia Scandinavica Ethnicity and nationalism are pervasive features of the contemporary world, but how far is
Africa's political boundaries: Colonial cartography, the OAU, and the advisability of ethno-national adjustment
This article challenges the notion that nation-state boundaries in Black Africa are best left intact despite their historically problematical origins and questionable ethnographic rationality. The
Culture and politics in Africa: Legitimizing ethnicity, rehabilitating the post‐colonial state
This article deals with the interconnections between culture and politics in the context of the ongoing crisis of the post‐colonial African state. It seeks to reassess the role of ethnicity in the
State Disintegration and Ethnic Conflict: A Framework for Analysis
With the end of the Cold War, the growing challenges of regional conflict and instability are receiving significant international attention. Broadly, these regional clashes are taking place both
Integrating Disparate Colonial Legacies: The Somali Experience
Race, VIII, 1 (1966) On 1 July 1960 two of the major objectives of Somali nationalism were attained. For on that day not only did independence come to the Somalis, but the first step was also taken
Nationalism, state formation and the public sphere: Eritrea 1991–96
This article attempts to situate the transition to statehood in Eritrea in the context of its time, culture, and political history. It argues that the transition is profoundly shaped by the