Contemporary states are generally presumed to be founded on the elements of nation, people, territory, and sovereignty. In the Horn of Africa however, the attempts to find a neat congruence among these elements created more problems than they solved. Leenco Lata demonstrates that conflicts within and between states tend to connect seamlessly in the region. When these conflicts are seen in the context of pressures on the state in an era of heightened globalization, it becomes obvious that the Horn needs to adopt multidimensional self-determination. In Structuring the Horn of Africa as a Common Homeland, Leenco Lata discusses the history of conflicts within and between Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and the Sudan, and investigates local and global contributory factors. He assesses the effectiveness of the nation-state model to forge a positive relationship between these governments and the people. Part 1 summarizes the history of self-determination and the state from the French Revolution to the post-Cold War period.
Part 2 shows how the states of the Horn of Africa emerged in a highly interactive way, and how these developments continue to reverberate throughout the region, underscoring the necessity of simultaneous regional integration and the decentralization of power as an approach to conflict resolution. Motivated by a search for practical answers rather than a strict adherence to any particular theory, this significant work by a political activist provides a thorough analysis of the regions complicated and conflicting goals.
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 384 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
[W]ritten with scholarly attention to detail yet addressing an issue of great immediate concern to far more than scholars....The Horn of Africa as Common Homeland is vital and timely reading, not only for its identification of severe problems but for its reasoned, rational, and practical suggestions for solutions.''--Paul T. Vogel
The contribution of The Horn of Africa as Common Homeland is Lata's careful linking of the political theories of nationalism and the state to the history of the East African states of Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Somaliland.... Lata's well-paced, economically written, and thoroughly integrated explanation of the important distinctions between nation and state is clear, compelling, and well supported.... This book deserves to be widely read.''--Barb Bloemhof "Canadian Book Review Annual, 2006 "