Understanding the Somalia Conflagration Author : Afyare Abdi Elmi Publisher : Pluto Press Total Pages : 224 Release : 2010-08-15 ISBN 10 : 0745329748 ISBN 13 : 9780745329741 Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL GET BOOK Understanding the Somalia Conflagration Book Description: Somalia has been devastated by a US-backed Ethiopian invasion and years of civil war, and it has long been without a central government. Against this background of violence, Somali-born Afyare Abdi Elmi attempts to find a peace-building consensus. Somalia is a failed state and a Muslim state. This combination means the West assumes that it will become a breeding ground for extremism. The country regularly hits the headlines as a piracy hotspot. This combination of internal division and outside interference makes for an intensely hostile landscape. Elmi shows that only by going to the roots of the conflict can the long process of peace begin. He highlights clan identities, Islam and other countries in the region as the key elements in any peace-building effort. This unique account from an author who truly understands Somalia should be required reading for students and academics of international relations and peace / conflict studies.