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    Djibouti: small state strategy at a crossroads

    Styan, David (2016) Djibouti: small state strategy at a crossroads. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal 1 (1), pp. 79-91. ISSN 2380-2014.

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    Abstract

    Geography and politics indicate Djibouti would be a particularly weak and ineffectual ‘small state’. Located on a bridgehead between the poorest parts of Africa and Arabia, it is continental Africa’s smallest state by population and is devoid of natural resources. The text demonstrates that Djibouti has been able to transform weakness and liabilities stemming from its geo-strategic location, sandwiched between large neighbours and key maritime shipping lanes, into a lucrative ‘resource’. This has been achieved via creative diplomacy, fostering ties with a diverse range of states, translating acute dependence into economic and diplomatic capital. The text focusses primarily upon diplomatic strategies, while addressing broader concerns of small states’ energy, infrastructure and development policies.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Djibouti, small states, Horn of Africa, foreign policy, francophone Africa
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: David Styan
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 14:21
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2019 10:42
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14979

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