Brian Doherty on How Somalia Lived While Its Government Died



In most American minds, Somalia raises unsettling images of pirates and warlords, drought and famine, anarchy and downed U.S. helicopters. For those arguing politics, the East African nation is a powerful talisman: Its mere name is deployed to trump any libertarian argument for less-or God forbid no-government. Shaul Shay's Somalia in Transition Since 2006, writes Brian Doherty, offers a different perspective.