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Evolution of the Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay

Chatham House, London


Professor Christopher Clapham, Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge; Author, The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay  (Video Presentation)
Goitom Gebreluel, Teaching Fellow, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS
Sally Healy OBE, Fellow, Rift Valley Institute
Jason Mosley, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Dr Greg Mills, Director, Brenthurst Foundation


The Horn of Africa is host to highly varied constituent countries. From state collapse followed by deeply flawed reconstruction in Somalia, to militarized isolation in Eritrea, and a still fragile ‘developmental state’ in Ethiopia, the tensions implicit in the process of state formation now drive the relationships between the once historically close nations of the Horn.

Speakers will examine the distinctiveness of the Horn of Africa's inter-state relations and the divergent trajectories within the region. This event will launch The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay, authored by Christopher Clapham and published by Hurst.