Should Somaliland be recognized as a state by the international “community”?

I’ve gone on record here at NOL as stating that one of the big problems facing advocates of individual liberty today is the failure of the international system to recognize calls for autonomy from sub-state actors, and that one of the best ways to do this is by counterintuitively incorporating that new autonomy into the … Continue reading Should Somaliland be recognized as a state by the international “community”?

Somaliland in the News

Reports the BBC: Leaders from Somalia and Somaliland have held their first formal discussions on the future of the self-proclaimed Somaliland republic. It broke away in 1991 and wants to be a separate country – but it has not been internationally recognised. Mogadishu wants the northern territory to be part of a single Somali state. … Continue reading Somaliland in the News

BC’s weekend reads

Madonna offers oral sex for those who vote Hillary Clinton Trump-inspired ‘pussy’ ad banned in San Francisco subway The poverty of democracy The battle for the Arctic Countries rush for upper hand in Antarctica Why not world government? (Part 2) Meet China’s state-approved Muslims The good, the bad, and the ugly of Somaliland secession

From the Comments: The Suprastate and the Substate

My post on American Senator Rand Paul’s recent remarks on Kurdistan elicited the following response from fellow Notewriter Michelangelo: If a neo-Ottoman federation arises I suspect it will begin as a political alliance between Turkey and Israel. Perhaps such a federation will arise from the Mediterranean Union, who can know really. The two countries are … Continue reading From the Comments: The Suprastate and the Substate

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Weekend Question: What to do about the violence in South Sudan?

As many of you may know, the recently-minted country of South Sudan has descended into civil war. I’m going to show you how this violence was actually predictable, but first I want to point out a couple of things. Why did South Sudan get international recognition and not Somaliland, which has been a functioning democracy … Continue reading Weekend Question: What to do about the violence in South Sudan?

From the Comments: Federalism, Small States and Central Banks

Rick Searle asks the following question after reading my argument with George Ayittey on secession in Africa: Brandon, how do you respond to the geopolitical and macro-economic arguments in favor of strong federalism rather than small-state nationalism? The experience of Central Europe after the First World War seems to offer a telling example of what … Continue reading From the Comments: Federalism, Small States and Central Banks

Is It Time to Reject African States?

That is essentially what a political scientist is arguing in a short piece in the New York Times: Yet because these countries were recognized by the international community before they even really existed, because the gift of sovereignty was granted from outside rather than earned from within, it came without the benefit of popular accountability, or … Continue reading Is It Time to Reject African States?

African Political Structures: A Debate

I just hooked a big fish on the end of my line when I tweeted about my support for secession of Azawad to Dr. George Ayittey, an economist at American University and one of Africa’s leading lights of classical liberalism.  I have a talent for ribbing people in just the right place at just the … Continue reading African Political Structures: A Debate

Mali: Let It Collapse, Duh! Part 2

I just came across an article in the New York Times via Bill Easterly, and it is very discouraging. The article is, of course, about the aspirations of Azawad, the breakaway region of Mali that just declared its independence. The article outlines the slim-to-none chances Azawad has of breaking free from the shackles of colonial legacy … Continue reading Mali: Let It Collapse, Duh! Part 2

Bizarre Love Triangle: Towards a New Internationalism

Isolationist screeds in the United States are extremely rare these days, which, in my opinion, makes those who promote this noble doctrine to be individuals of exceptional character.  I am a regular reader of the blog Eunomia (authored by Dr. Daniel Larison), which explicates isolationist critiques of current foreign policy (among other things), and I always … Continue reading Bizarre Love Triangle: Towards a New Internationalism

Hillary Clinton on Somalia: More of the Same

Hillary Clinton has recently called for more effort on the part of the West in the War on Terror’s Horn of Africa region by issuing threats of sanctions and more military troops in the region recently (ht John Glaser). The threats of sanction, which libertarians consider an act of war, have been issued to states … Continue reading Hillary Clinton on Somalia: More of the Same