'The enriching volume presents a stimulating overview of the varied positions that members of diasporas hold – such as peacebuilders, investors and civic members – as well as extant gaps related to the study of diasporas, including theoretical frameworks and host country institutional incorporation and engagement.'
Africa at LSE
'This collection successfully translates the nebulous term "diaspora" into precise human and policy terms. The case studies by African and European scholars generate new insights into both the potential and the limitations of "diaspora engagement" policies. The authors' clear conceptual and empirical analyses focus on the dynamic linkages between migrants from the Horn of Africa and Europe. These studies will be of value to students of migration, development and conflict, and the findings should inform donors as well as European and African policy-makers.'
David Styan, Birkbeck College
'This nuanced collection both identifies and transcends a theoretical vacuum in international and regional relations: how varieties of transnational communities or networks contribute to multilevel governance in a trio of somewhat fragile states in the Horn of Africa. Its comparative analyses of diasporas, religions and remittances go beyond realism and romanticism to juxtapose and advance conflict, development, migration and security studies in a way which resonates far beyond Africa and Europe.'
Timothy M. Shaw, University of Massachusetts Boston
'This carefully crafted collection not only provides a novel insight into the role of diaspora networks in the Horn of Africa and various European host countries, it is also a highly valuable contribution to the field of peace and conflict studies in general, as it lays out the case for a more nuanced approach to the role of diaspora networks in the process of both crafting peace and sustaining wars. As such it is highly recommended.'
Morten Bøås, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
'While focused on the Horn of Africa, this volume has relevance far beyond that region, as increasing scholarly and policy attention focuses on the developmental role of diaspora and migration. It draws together an impressive array of experts in the region and its diaspora, and adds complexity and nuance to contemporary debates of great significance in our transnational times.'
Neil Carrier, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford