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Mr. John Drysdale

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Background

Employment History

  • Director
    Gabiley
  • British Administrator
    Somaliland
  • Student
    Somaliland
  • Regular British Army Officer
    Somaliland
  • Somalis

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Africa Research Bulletin
  • Secretary
    British Foreign Service
  • Founder
    Asean Economic Quarterly

Education

  • Oxford University
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Web References
The Universal Address System Is Adopted in Somaliland
www.nacgeo.com, 9 Oct 2003 [cached]
John Drysdale Director, Cadastral Surveys Gabiley, Somaliland
Former British army officer and author ...
www.yahayy.com, 24 Jan 2009 [cached]
Former British army officer and author - Mr John Drysdale has changed his name to Abbas Idiris and became a Muslim, according to a Somaliland newspaper report.
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John Drysdale, who came to Somaliland in 1943 as a regular British army officer, wore a special Islamic hat to pledge allegiance to the holy Qur'an in a ceremony at Hargeisa's main Mosque. Mr Drysdale heads his own organization called Somaliland Cadastral Surveys which carried out 13, 000 farmland ownership surveys 2008 - showing the boundaries and ownership of land parcels in the Awdal and Marodi Jeh states. It plans to expand to other regions of Somaliland this year including Sahil region. John Drysdale is regarded the man who knows most about Somalis - he was not just a top British officer - he is an accomplished speaker of Somali, understands the Somali way of life, it's customs and people very well.
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As a publisher Drysdale founded the Africa Research Bulletin in England and the Asia Research Bulletin in Singapore. In 1994 he published his fifth book on Somalia titled Whatever Happened to Somalia? - by far this was the most educational, informative and well detailed book written at that time about Somalia, Somaliland and the American mission into Mogadishu that horribly went wrong. End Item/ 129
John Drysdale : was educated ...
vasterbottensinitiativet.skelleftea.org, 24 Sept 2004 [cached]
John Drysdale : was educated at Oxford University. He accompanied the First Somaliland Battalion to the war in Burma in 1943 as commander. He joined the British Overseas Service in 1951 and served in Ghana as an assistant District Commissioner; likewise in the Somaliland Protectorate as District Commissioner of Las Anod. He joined the British Foreign Service as first secretary in the British Embassy in Mogadishu. He became adviser to three Somali Republic Prime Ministers, the president of Somaliland and UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Somalia, Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun, Ambassador Kittani and Admiral Howe. He wrote several books among others "The Somali Dispute", "Whatever Happened to Somalia? and "Stoics without Pillows". He started in Somaliland, Cadastral Surveys for the purpose of surveying and mapping farms.
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13:15: John Drysdale: 'Somaliland and the bigger picture of the Horn of Africa'
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15:05: John Drysdale: Outsourcing and the generation of capital through asset collateral
Awdalnews
www.awdalnews.com [cached]
Awdalnews Network has the pleasure to bring to its readers an exclusive weekly column by John Drysdale* who has honoured us by agreeing to write his column from his base in Somaliland.The column will be Drysdale's reflections on his more than 60 years encounter with Somali history, culture and daily life.
Ethiopia's First and Last Islamic Emperor - in League with a Somali Sheikh
John Drysdale
A TURNING POINT IN ETHIOPIA'S HISTORY CAME IN THE YEAR 1906 when Emperor Menelik had a stroke and his able cousin, Ras Makonnen, the Governor of Harar, died of natural causes.Menelik himself died in 1913, after a long illness, but not before he presented to the nobles his heir and successor, one Lij Yasu, a boy of 15 years and the son of his favourite daughter.
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*John Drysdale, a former advisor to three Somali Prime Ministers in post independence Somalia and to three successive UN special envoys to Somalia during the 1992-1993, is an authority on Somali history and culture.Three of his books about Somalia
and Whatever Happened to Somalia, written during or about major landmarks in the nation's history, have become standard reference works.Drysdale was a regular British army officer serving with Somali soldiers in Burma during World War II.Later he was in the British Colonial Service and the Foreign Service, with assignments in Ghana (then the Gold Coast) and in Mogadishu.He is an accomplished speaker of Somali.During his long career as diplomat, businessman, and publisher, Drysdale has been a prolific writer and analyst of political events in Africa and Southeast Asia.
As a publisher Drysdale founded and edited the Africa Research Bulletin in Britain and the Asia Research Bulletin in Singapore in collaboration with the Straits Times Group.He was also founder of the Asean Economic Quarterly in Singpore.His book Singapore: Struggle for Success is a recommended reading for all young Singaporeans.
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Under the Galool Tree with John Drysdale
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Awdalnews Network has the pleasure to bring to its readers an exclusive weekly column by John Drysdale* who has honoured us by agreeing to write his column from his base in Somaliland.The column will be Drysdale's reflections on his more than 60 years encounter with Somali history, culture and daily ...
That UN consultant is called Mr ...
www.dehai.org, 29 Oct 2011 [cached]
That UN consultant is called Mr John Drysdale. He knew the closing stages of the campaign even before it was waged. He was not a fortune teller; Mr Drysdale was some one who had firsthand experience of what Somalis are capable of accomplishing in the war field. He was the British administrator of Somaliland more than four decades prior to the debut of that campaign.
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