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United Kingdom
Keele University
Statebuilding, state failure, development, peace, security, state, unrecognised state, Somalia, Somaliland
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My research sits within the Security/Development nexus. I am particularly interested in political development, statebuilding, and conceptions of what it means to be a successful or ‘acceptable’ state. I approach this through examining state failure, and the approaches, preferences, and dictates found within policy and practice. I am interested in the successes of different forms of statebuilding in order to better understand statebuilding both as a concept and as a practice. Within this I focus on unrecognised states. I also focus on African politics, particularly Somalia and Somaliland, in my research.

Recent Publications

R. Richards. 2015. ‘Bringing the Outside In: Somaliland, Statebuilding, and Dual Hybridity’, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 9(1): 4-25. 

Richards, R. and R. Smith. 2015. ‘Playing in the Sandbox: Statebuilding in the Space of Non-Recognition’, Third World Quarterly, 36(9): 1717-1735.

Richards, R. and R. Smith. 2015. ‘The Politics of Non-Recognition,’ in C. Daase, et al (eds), Recognition in International Relations: Rethinking an Ambivalent Concept in a Global Context (Basingstoke: Palgrave).

Richards, R. 2014. Understanding Statebuilding: Traditional Governance and the Modern State in Somaliland (Farnham: Ashgate).

Richards, R. 2012.’The Road Less Traveled: Self-Led State Formation and International Non-‘Intervention’ in the Creation of Somaliland’ in B. Bliesemann de Guevara (ed), Statebuilding and State-Formation: The Political Sociology of Intervention (London: Routledge).

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