TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.1 Background to the Study
1.2 Statement of the Research Problem
1.4 Objectives of the study
1.5 Literature Review
1.6 Justification of the study
1.7 Conceptual framework
1.9 Research Methodology
2.2 Pre-colonial and colonial period
2.3 Post-colonial Somalia
2.4 Somalia since 1991
3.2 Secessionist cases in Africa: an overview
3.3 Somaliland’s justification for recognition
3.4 Positions of regional and sub-regional institutions
3.5 Perspectives of the Somalis
4.2 Somaliland in post-1991 war-torn Somalia and the peace process
4.3 Role of politics in the recognition of states
4.4 International legal perspectives
4.5 Other issues
5.2 Key Findings
To my mother Mrs. Clarice Martha Otieno, fondly referred to by her peers as Nyar Gem, who toiled tirelessly and saw to it that not only did I obtain a solid foundation in education but that I also appreciated its worth.
Many thanks go to the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies (IDIS) of the University of Nairobi for granting me the opportunity to pursue this research. In particular, I would wish to thank Dr. Ibrahim Farah for his patience and unwavering guidance while I engaged in this study.
I would wish to extend my thanks to the University of Nairobi’s Master of Arts in International Studies class of 2011 for providing an environment that allowed incisive debates that led to the development of the idea of this study.
Most of all, I would wish to thank the respondents who agreed and took their time to participate in this study.
To my family and friends, I shall always be thankful for your patience, encouragement and moral support during the entire time that I pursued this course.
My ultimate thanks go to God for providing me with the resources, good health, perseverance and understanding that led me to work on this study.