n African Security Review - Whose responsibility to protect? Reflection on the dynamics of an 'abandoned disorder' in Somalia : features

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Since 1991, Somalia has become the epitome par excellence of a collapsed state. In this situation, one is tempted to seek for the spheres or authorities entrusted with the responsibility to protect in that country. The quasi-abandonment of the ongoing 'disorder' in Somalia by major players in the international arena has simply meant the total inability of its Transitional Federal Government to survive a potential withdrawal by Ethiopia. This is compounded by the chronic deficiency of state structures in the country and the virtual Islamist connection to the conflict, which have made otherwise willing African countries hesitate to intervene. This paper uses the case of Somalia to demonstrate that there still is need for the United Nations, the world's major players in the developed community as well as actors within Africa to define clear and equitable standards designed to operationalise this new paradigm.

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