The phone network works in Mogadishu.  We started Skyping in in the Spring of 2013.  This photograph was from Wave 3, Spring 2014.

The phone network works in Mogadishu.  We started Skyping in in the Spring of 2013.  This photograph was from Wave 3, Spring 2014.

Somalia

Dagaal waa ka-dare, bro. (War is worse, bro.)

    -- San Diego youth varient of Somali proverb

Since arriving in San Diego I have worked closely with the Somali community on a number of projects to responsibly document and represent life in Mogadishu.  As security deteriorated, the project eventually turned to a set of methodological questions relevant to the study of political behavior: How to make responsible inferences about non-response and "Refuse to Answer" patterns with telephone data collected amidst ongoing war.  Papers for this project are still under review, so results are very preliminary, but if you are curious, drafts of working papers are here.  Comments welcome!

Clans, Coalitions, and Civilian Welfare After State Failure

Calling Mogadishu: How Reminders of Anarchy Bias Survey Behaviors