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Insight: Somaliland - Getting it Right in Africa

Somaliland has become an oasis of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa and a haven for thousands of Somalis fleeing from war. Our panel looks at how this was achieved and asks whether its independence should be acknowledged by the international community.

Chaired by Mike Wooldridge (BBC)
Richard Dowden (Royal African Society)
Adam Mussa Jibril (Somaliland representative to the UK)
Michael Walls - (Somaliland Focus UK)
Edward Mason (Independent Diplomat)

In May 1991 Somaliland declared independence from the rest of Somalia and over the past 17 years the government there has restored law and order to make it one of the must democratic and functioning societies in the Horn of Africa. In stark contrast to its neighbour Somalia, Somaliland has become an oasis of peace, stability and progress and a haven for thousands of Somalis fleeing from their war-torn country.

Yet Somaliland's independence and sovereignty is still not recognised by most of the international community including Britain. What are the obstacles in the way of international recognition and is this really the best way forward?

How have the people of Somaliland built such a stable democracy, society and institutions in such a war-torn region and what are the lessons other de facto states can learn from it?


Mr Richard Dowden | talks


Date and Time:

9 September 2008 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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