THE QUESTION

Are tribal identities becoming stronger as nation states weaken?
What, if anything, should "good" government do about tribes?

Posted by Amar C. Bakshi on September 2, 2006 12:00 PM

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Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

Respect Tribes: They Do What Weak States Cannot

United Arab Emirates/Somalia - Tribes are the glue that hold the social fabric of developing countries together. Their role, particularly in Africa and Arabia, is most important where government has collapsed....

Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 11 COMMENTS
Sep 2, 2006 at 3:00 PM
Saul Singer, a columnist and former editorial page editor at the Jerusalem Post, is co-author of the forthcoming book, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, Moment, the New Leader, and bitterlemons.org (an Israeli/Palestinian e-zine). Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served as an adviser in the United States Congress to the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Banking Committees. He is also on Twitter.

The "Jewish Tribe," Reconciling With Modernity

Saul Singer Jerusalem, Israel | 20 COMMENTS
William M. Gumede is a former deputy editor of The Sowetan, Johannesburg. He is the author of the bestselling Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. His new book, The Democracy Gap: AfricaŹ¼s Wasted Years, will be released in the U.S. in May, 2009.

Promote Individual Rights to Fight African Tribalism

William M. Gumede South Africa | 447 COMMENTS
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is www.daoudkuttab.com.

Tribes Won't Work, Neither Will Callous Democracies

Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 2 COMMENTS
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