Horn of Africa Feels Geopolitical Impact of Qatar Crisis

Nov 07, 2017

Extensive web of alignments and divisions across the Horn of Africa puts pressure on countries to declare solidarity with either side of the Qatar crisis. The oil-rich Arabian Peninsula states have long represented a beacon of stability in the tumultuous Middle East. Yet the five-month-old Qatar...

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp May Close

Mar 10, 2017

The Kenyan government continues the legal fight to close Dadaab—the largest refugee camp in the world. Claims by the Kenyan government that the Dadaab refugee camp on the border with Somalia has become a recruiting ground for terrorists have been behind the push to shut down the camp....

Kenya Remains Unbowed and Unshaken

Apr 07, 2015

In wake of the Garissa attack, Kenyans mourn the victims and dream of a brighter future. On April 2, four gunmen from al-Shabab stormed into Garissa University College in Kenya, killing 148 students and injuring 79 others. Among the dead was my high school friend, Agnes Mwende Muthama, a...

The Myth of the Islamic State And Social Media

Oct 27, 2014

Is there anything sophisticated in the way that IS deploys social media or are they using simple propaganda means? With current media attention centered on the military campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, another key focus point over recent months has been the group’s...

Al-Shabab: A Revenue Rebirth?

Aug 15, 2014

Al-Shabab’s economic strategy is dipping into new wealth, making the group ever more dangerous. By late 2008, it was estimated that al-Shabab controlled most of south-central Somalia. Although it took years of putting forces together and placing footholds in the country, the international...

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