Territory and Justice: a research network

August 7, 2010

Somalia: The perfect failed state

Filed under: Uncategorized — caranine @ 7:47 am

The case of the failed state is interesting because it forces the question: who has rights over territory and resources when the state has failed?  (And what are the contents of those rights?)

This Der Spiegel (English) article describes Somalia as the ‘perfect’ failed state.  The BBC News also has an informative profile of Somalia along with a list of articles.

Somaliland – by contrast – is a functioning independent democratic republic within the northern part of the geographic domain of Somalia.  They have not yet received international recognition.  Here is a quick profile of the region.


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