African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 403


The effect of Somali armed conflict on the East African Sub-Region

Khadijah Sanusi Gumbi
  • Khadijah Sanusi Gumbi
  • Department of Political Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
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  •  Received: 18 February 2014
  •  Accepted: 27 February 2015
  •  Published: 30 April 2015


This paper intends to look at the effects of Somali armed conflict on the East African Sub-region. The objective of this article is to examine the economic and political instability caused by the conflict in Somalia. This paper views economic hardship as one of the primary sources of the Somali armed conflicts. The Somali armed conflict strongly supports the “greed to grievance” assumption. At the level of individual gunmen, a fundamental and dangerous living was eked out through looting and extortion; for top warlords and their financial backers.  


Key words: Armed conflict, war, deprivation, divide, insurgency, insecurity.