Why it’s time for an amicable divorce between Somalia and Somaliland

Should other countries recognise Somaliland’s bid to become fully independent? It has a good case, argues Bill Snaddon, but many obstacles remain. Somaliland declared independence...

Book Club: Fighting for Peace in Somalia

In the latest of our popular #BookClub feature, Paul Williams shares the key lessons of his important new book, and argues that fighting without...

Somalia: African solutions to African problems?

What can regional peacekeeping interventions like that of AMISOM in Somalia tell us about the reality of '"African Solutions to African Problems"? In a...

Lucy Lowe on the politics of (im)mobility

The Bigger Picture Project at the University of Edinburgh has teamed up with Democracy in Africa to bring you videos from academics as well...

What the deadly attack on Kenya was really about

In this article, originally post on Think Progress, Ken Menkhaus explores the motivations behind Shabaab's attack on the Westgate shopping mall. Ken is a...

Somali Refugees and the Future of Human Rights

Lucy Lowe fills our Fourth Day of Analysis with a blog for our 'Politics of  (im)Mobility Series'. She explores the position of Somali refugees...

DIA BOOK CLUB: We do not have borders: Greater Somalia and...

As EU countries and the United States fortify their borders against refugees and illegal immigrants, Keren Weitzberg explores in her new book, We do...

The Uses and Abuses of Social Media in Africa

A recent conference at the University of Edinburgh went "Beyond the Hashtag" to explore the impact of social media in Africa. Don't worry if...

Reflecting back, looking forward: Katy Long

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, and your area of interest.  I’m currently a lecturer in International Development at the Univeristy of Edinburgh.   My...