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The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power

This is a new book by a long time analyst and expert on the politics of the Horn of Africa, Alex de Waal. This extremely interesting and at the same time somewhat polemical work takes the ‘political economy’ of conflict model (popularized by Collier et.al) and applies it to the conflicts and sources of insecurity in the Horn. The work and its analysis could be critiqued for a crude economic reductionism, but at the same time is invaluable in terms of the light it sheds on one of the key drivers of conflict and insecurity in the region.

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