Somalia and Afghanistan - Failed Muslim States
Speakers: Professor Said S Samatar and Michael Griffin
Chair: Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Afghanistan (TBC)
Professor Said S Samatar, Professor of African History at Rutgers University, will speak on 'Why Somalia is no territory for Islamic Terrorists'. He is a well known Somali academic historian and commentator, and the author of numerous books and articles on Somali history, politics and culture. Among them are his landmark history of Somalia's early 20th century Islamist rebel, Somali Oral Poetry and Somalia Nationalism: the case of Sayyid Mahammed 'Abdille Hasan, and Somalia: a Nation in Turmoil. Michael Griffin is author of Reaping the Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan. He has been a freelance writer in Africa and the Middle East and worked in Afghanistan off and on as a consultant for the United Nations, beginning in 1994.