An al-Shabab car bomb exploded outside the presidential palace in Mogadishu on July 8, 2014 (photo: dpa)

Clan rivalries threaten fragile Somalia’s prospects of recovery

All previous attempts to stabilise Somalia - one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous places - have failed because clan identity and rivalries have prevented state building. Despite recent security improvements and international aid, effective stabilisation of the country depends upon the central government`s ability to strengthen national cohesion and to integrate federal states while maintaining local power networks based on traditional clan identity.

<em>After a long period of state failure and violence, there seems to be room for hope in Somalia. Security improvements and exciting oil reserve es...

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 Teresa Nogueira Pinto
A second and more likely scenario is one of increasing insecurity and power fragmentation which may lead, once again, to the country`s disintegration
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