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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

CANCELLED: The (Re)emergence of Governance in a Region of Fragile States: the Horn of Africa Seminar

7th May 2015, 09:00 to 17:00, CANCELLED

The minimal conditions for capacity building in fragile states are
controversial, yet conventional forms of institutional development are re-emerging even in collapsed states such as Somalia. This prompts the question of why such states work at all and what can be done to facilitate the emergence or re-emergence of internationally acceptable institutions. 

This project's three research seminars are designed to assess the current state of knowledge, and explore the implications of limited statehood and stateness for the emergence of locally-appropriate and internationally acceptable forms of governance.

The second seminar will compare emergent structures of governance in Somaliland, Eritrea and the Republic of South Sudan. All three countries (though Somaliland is internationally not recognized as such) emerged from wars, and a comparison of developments promises insights into the challenges of reconstruction, state building and demilitarisation in militarised and volatile societies. 

Attendance is by invitation only, but further information is available from Professor Alice Hills ( or Dr Jutta Bakonyi (

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