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Jean-Bernard VERON

Somalia, the Modern Sisyphus? Politique étrangère, Vol. 80, No. 3, Autumn 2015

Since gaining independence in 1960, Somalia has enjoyed only a few periods of stability. 


Wars with neighbouring countries – Ethiopia in particular – have persisted, causing serious internal issues, especially since the fall of dictator Siad Barre in 1991. Four causes explain this chronic instability: the incapacity to create a strong state, the battle for resources, the rise of radical Islam, and the high frequency of external interventions.


Article published in Politique étrangère, Vol. 80, No. 3, Autumn 2015


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