Conflict Entrepreneurship in Somalia

H. S. Du’aleh (Dhi’is)

Conflict incubator entities such as International Crisis Group and Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime drive the conflict entrepreneurship agenda in Africa.

The Institute of Conflict Entrepreneurs, soon to be launched, will start an online course for aspiring students eager to conduct research on conflict entrepreneurs.

A track record of tweeting about conflicts in Africa is desirable.

What is conflict entrepreneurship?

Conflict entrepreneurship is the practice of subtly promoting inter-ethnicity and inter-clan hostilities as a part of entrenching underdevelopment in a developing country.

African conflict entrepreneurs mimic western think thanks, use phrases such as tolerance, democracy and accountability, which have no relevance to their environments.

The course aims to equip learners with analytical skills to spot manipulative narratives and hegemonic discourses masqueraded as a reputable subject but used by historically powerful countries to drive their undemocratic and explorative agendas in third world countries.

Course units

1- How International Crisis Group plays the role of the colonial anthropologist in postcolonial Africa 2-How to identify policies used by historically powerful countries to foster lower expectation in citizens by overemphasising ethnic differences 3- Why donors dedicate resources to empowering reactionaries such as warlords, religious opportunists and traditional leaders. 4- How conflict entrepreneurs develop the capacity of local NGOs to reduce reliance on public service delivery by the state 5- The role of native intellectuals in promoting biased underdevelopment narratives as a national progress 5- A case study on how foreign-owned think tanks and its coterie of pseudo-researchers peddle disinformation with assistance from European and North American development agencies 6- How Somalia became a successful laboratory for conflict entrepreneurs and their spin-off local think tanks that spread disinformation about their homeland 7-How Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime used stolen mobile network data to accuse Somali money transfer companies of facilitating transactions for Al-shabaab 8- Why the Western governments and philanthropists fund non-governmental agencies such as International Crisis Group and Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. 9- Why some native graduates pretend to be analysts, and why pontifications of International Crisis Group and other conflict incubator entities have replaced area studies.

At the end of the course the student will be required to write a capstone project on one of the topics covered in the course.

H. S. Du’aleh (Dhi’is)