Somaliland in Searching for New Partners – a presentation by Katerina Zenkova Rudincova at the 7th Pécs African Studies Conference on May 19-20, 2022 – offers an insight into the strategies Somaliland uses to attract new partners such as Arab countries and Taiwan. At the same time, it needs to keep partnerships with its old allies such as Ethiopia, the UK, and the USA.
Somaliland In Searching For New Partners
Katerina Zenkova Rudincova
Department of Human Geography and Regional Development,
University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Name: Somaliland in searching for new partners
Home workplace: Department of Social Geography and Regional Development (31800)
Citation: Ženková Rudincová, K. Somaliland in searching for new partners. In: 7th Pécs African Studies Conference. Pecs (online). 2022.
Obor: Political science and political science
Venue: Pecs (online)
State of the event: Hungary
Name of the event: 7th Pécs African Studies Conference
Date of: 5/19/2022
Datum do: 5/20/2022
Type of presentation: Lecture
Keywords: de facto states, Somaliland, international relations
Somaliland, as a de facto state, has just limited possibilities on how to approach the international community in its search for new trajectories of development and political gains. Contrary to the other, mainly post-Soviet de facto states, it is not backed by any patron state. Therefore, it must balance relations with the other states in the region and global powers.
It is aware that it needs to diversify its partners in order to achieve economic development and political aims. The presentation will offer insight into the strategies Somaliland is using to attract new partners such as Arab countries and Taiwan.
At the same time, it needs to keep partnerships with old allies such as Ethiopia or the USA. The paper builds on the theory of international relations of de facto states and embarks on the analysis of strategic documents and speeches of political representation of the studied countries
Kateřina Ženková Rudincová
The University of Ostrava · Department of Human Geography and Regional Development
Katerina Rudincova currently works at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, University of Ostrava. She holds a Ph.D. in Political and Cultural Geography. In her research, she is dealing with international relations, politics, conflicts, and human rights in the Horn of Africa focusing on the political developments in de facto state Somaliland and South Sudan in particular.
In this context, she conducted research at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa in the years 2010, 2011, and 2015. She has published in peer-reviewed journals as Bulletin of Geography: Socio-Economic Series, Modern Africa: Politics, History, and Society, or AUC Geographica. She is an author of chapters in books published in LIT Verlag, Routledge, and Springer.
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