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Missing Opportunities in Somaliland

“U.S. policy in East Africa rests, in part, on a myth. Washington treats Somaliland, a region in northern Somalia, as if it were a part of the rest of the country, yet the territory has been functionally independent for 30 years. By ignoring this reality, the U.S. undercuts its own effectiveness in an important part […]



The country has a population of about 3.5 million people. Most local residents belong to the Somali ethnicity, Somalia’s largest demographic group.  Fifty-five percent of the population is either nomadic or semi-nomadic, while 45% live in urban centres or rural towns, which include the capital city Hargeisa with an estimated population of 0.65 million and […]


Somaliland History

The former British Somaliland Protectorate achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on 26 June, 1960. On 1 July, 1960, the state of Somaliland united with Somalia, a territory under a U.N.- mandated Italian Trusteeship until that same day, thereby creating the Somali Republic. The Republic of Somaliland restored its independence after the total collapse […]


Geography & Climate

The Republic of Somaliland is situated in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Djibouti to the west, Ethiopia to the south, and the Puntland region of Somalia to the east. Somaliland has a 740 kilometres (460 mi) coastline with the majority lying along the Gulf of Aden. The region is slightly larger than […]