When examining the recent history of Somalia it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the post colonial approach and, in particular, the role of the nation-state has largely been a failure. The fundamentals associated with the state in the West, namely the monopoly of violence, universal security, the implementation of a comprehensive system of taxation and the formation of mutual interdependence and identification across the population are largely absent. Despite these failures, the state as a concept continues to be promoted as the solution to the massive problems facing Somalia.
VERTIGANS, S. 2010. Commentary: re-establishing the Somali state: for the benefit of the nation or other nations? In Hoffmann, E.P. (ed.) Somalia: economic, political and social issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers [online], chapter 13, pages 211-213. Available from: http://www.novapublishers.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=11233