Somaliland is a success story – On the 18th May1991 Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia and it has remained an autonomous but unrecognized state ever since.
So, how’s it going?
It is a success story!
Michael Horton has spent a lot of time there and he says that they have ‘eradicated piracy from its shores and thwarted the jihadist group al-Shabaab’s expansion within its borders. Somalia hasn’t managed any of this, despite the billions of dollars expended by the international community over the last two decades.
Rather than spending money it doesn’t have on weaponry and armies ‘Somaliland has instead focused on the two things that always form the backbone of successful counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency: good governance and reliable human intelligence’.
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Michael Horton, Foreign Policy analyst
Duration: 10min 43sec
Broadcast: Mon 8 Apr 2019, 4:30pm
Publications by Michael Horton
- Why The United States And Trump Are Addicted To Drone Wars
- Arms From Yemen Will Fuel Conflict In The Horn Of Africa
- How Somaliland Combats Al-Shabaab
- How Somaliland Thrives In Such A Rough Neighborhood
- U.S Rewards Failure In Somalia, Ignores Success In Somaliland
- Somaliland: A Success Story Without The Billions And Bombs
Michael Horton is a fellow at The Jamestown Foundation where he focuses on issues related to Yemen and the Horn of Africa. He has advised members of government and senior policy makers. Horton has completed numerous in-depth, field-based studies in Somaliland, Somalia, and Yemen.