Research Papers

Going on Tahriib
More than one million people arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean in 2015. In Somaliland and Puntland, accounts of young people embarking on the hazardous journey via Ethiopia, Sudan and... MORE >
Dhaqaalaha ku baxa Doorashooyinka Soomaalilaand
Ilaa markii dimuquraadiyadda xisbiyada badan laga bilaabay Soomaalilaand 2002, doorashooyinku waxa ay u qabsoomeen hab wanaagsan oo maamul isku dhiib ah oo nabadgalyo u dhacay. Laakiin su... MORE >
Following Mobile Money in Somaliland
Zaad, Somaliland’s first mobile money platform, was launched in 2009 and has rapidly become a feature of a financial landscape hitherto dominated by Somali remittance companies. This... MORE >
The Economics of Elections in Somaliland
Since multi-party democracy was introduced in Somaliland in 2002, elections have successfully ushered in peaceful transfers of power. But questions have been raised about election financing... MORE >
Hosts and Guests
Contestation over land has been a key driver of violent conflict in Somalia. In Hosts and Guests, Lee Cassanelli argues that a historical approach offers an illuminating way of... MORE >
Federalism in the history of South Sudanese political thought
In South Sudan there is no system of governance so popular—yet so little understood—as the federal system. Historically the demand for federation with North Sudan was seen as... MORE >
A New History for a New Nation
RVI Fellow Douglas Johnson discussed the implications of South Sudan’s independence for the new nation’s history, historiography, and sense of identity in his keynote lecture to the 9th... MORE >
Disputed Votes, Deficient Observation
The war in South Kordofan, Sudan, that began in May 2011 followed a disputed election for the governorship of the state, an election endorsed by international and national election... MORE >