Shadrack W. Nasong'o is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. His search interest lies in the areas of the politics of democratization, ethnonationalism, and social conflict with particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Radar | October 15, 2013

Al-Shabaab Terror in Kenya: Implications for Peace and Security in the Region

With the terrorist group Al-Shabaab coming forward and taking responsibility for the recent Westgate Attack in Nairobi, the debate over the implications for security across the region has been rejuvenated.  Shadrack W. Nasong’o’s analyzes these through several lenses: doubts about the efficiency of the Kenyan intelligence and security agencies, Kenya’s continued military presence in Somalia, the recruitment of non-Somali East Africans among Al-Shabaab, and the desperate nature of this specific attack in light of Al-Shabaab’s own defeat within Somalia.

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Black flag of Al Shabaab painted on the wall of Kismayo Airport, with Kenyan AMISOM soldier