This work explores Somalia's state collapse and the security threats posed by Somalia's prolonged crisis. Communities are reduced to lawlessness, and the interests of commercial elites have shifted towards rule of law, but not a revived central state. Terrorists have found Somalia inhospitable, using it mainly for short-term transshipment.
Ken Menkhaus is Professor of Political Science at Davidson College, North Carolina. He has served as Senior Technical Advisor to the United Nations Development Office for Somalia, Nairobi and Kenya and was Special Political Advisor to the Policy Planning Group of the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM) from 1993 to 1994.