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THE HERITAGE INSTITUTE OF POLICIES STUDIES “SOMALIA FEDERAL, NOT IF BUT HOW”: A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE

April 14, 2015

mohamedomar09

www.heritageinstitute.org/federal-somalia-not/ 

The recently published Heritage Institute of Policies Studies (HIPS) policy brief on “Federal Somalia: not if, but how?” is not fit for purpose. The main reason for my assertion is in relation to its lazy methodological approach.  Perhaps one may concede and understand the logistics and the security difficulties associated to undertake such research in Somalia, but the erroneous approach of this study doesn’t do justice to such an important topic which deserves closer scrutiny and effort. In my opinion, on this occasion HIPS has regrettably failed to meet its stated organisational remit “to fill in the existing gaps in understanding, to raise awareness and to inform policy”; it makes a number of tacit assumptions and it omits essential information required to understand Somali sentiments on this pivotal topic.

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