John Mwangi Githigaro is Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. He is currently a PhD candidate in International Relations at the United States International University (USIU) Nairobi, Kenya. His research interests revolve around peace and security studies, refugee studies, and media portrayals of terrorism with a specific focus on the Horn of Africa. John is a 2016/17 Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) New York Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Proposal Dissertation Fellow.

Email: mwangi.john@gmail.com/jgmwangi@spu.ac.ke

Kenya | October 12, 2016

Do Religious Communities Hold the Key to Counter-Radicalization in Kenya?

  In the post-9/11 environment, religious communities have been considered vital partners in efforts to counter radicalization widely believed to be a factor that drives acts of violent extremism. Violent extremism is considered a transition phase in the radicalization process and is marked by the mobilization of violence. One notion of community defines it as […]

Rev. Timothy Njoya stands next to riot police during a march dubbed "Kenya ni Kwetu" in Kenya's capital Nairobi February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Rev. Timothy Njoya stands next to riot police during a march dubbed ''Kenya ni Kwetu'' in Kenya's capital Nairobi February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Essays | September 11, 2015

Peace at Stake in Burundi: Could the Crisis Escalate, and Is There a Way Out?

“The commitment of a section of the opposition to unseating Nkurunziza’s regime, coupled with divisions within the military and the police, could turn the conflict into a civil war, while state responses to repress the opposition could lead to the spreading of violence across the country…Hope remains that peace can be achieved in Burundi, but the window of opportunity is closing fast.”

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Protesters clash with Burundian security forces following a failed coup d’état.