Special Issue: Westgate Mall Attack | December 4, 2013

The “Somali Question” and Ghosts of Past Security Dialogues in Africa

The Westgate mall attack in Kenya–one of the most recent indicators of the continuing rise in the use of terror by a network of insurrectionary groups in Africa and globally–compels us to reflect on extant approaches to national and regional security. The challenge that confronts Kenya (and indeed the rest of the continent and elsewhere) is whether it can conceive the security of Somalia and Somalis as an integral part of the security of the Kenyan state and people, as well as the neighboring region.

Photo credit to Flickr user albanyassociates.  Photo taken on June 12, 2013 by Stuart Price of AU-UN IST. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/albanyassociates/8385572633/
Ugandan soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) walking inside Mogadishu National Stadium.
Book Reviews | November 20, 2013

The Globalization Paradox: Why Global Markets, States, and Democracy Can’t Coexist, by Dani Rodrik

As the world continues to experience the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, new and multiple forms of geo-economic and geo-political power, and unprecedented aftershocks in the Euro zone and complex global transformations, Dani Rodrik’s intervention could not have been better timed. The book’s strength lies in the innovative ways […]

Photo credit to Flickr user dcmaster. Photo taken on October 16, 2005. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcmaster/55411141/
McDonalds & KFCs open in China. Free-market globalization in other countries has benefited China, even as Beijing has not fully embraced the practice.
Radar | November 15, 2013

The Westgate Terrorist Attack: Any Lessons for Kenya’s Approach to Regional Security?

With the embers of the Westgate Mall attack slowly cooling off, the Kenyan government’s policies have faced heavy scrutiny. As the global security environment changes and instances of terrorism increase throughout the East African region, countries within this region should progressively invest more resources into enhancing their capacities for security, both domestically and regionally, while encouraging greater cooperation and joint security efforts.

The East African Standby Brigade raises the flags of thirteen East African Nations.
The East African Standby Brigade raises the flags of thirteen East African Nations. Photo credit to U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Samuel Rogers.
Radar | November 15, 2013

The 9/21 Attack on Westgate Mall: Understanding the Youth Factor in Violent Radicalization in Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa

Al-Shabaab has begun to mobilize support by taking advantage of political and socio-economic vulnerabilities of the youth in Somalia’s neighboring countries. After two and a half decades of counterproductive military interventions, peacebuilding processes may need to be reconsidered and instead focus on inclusive ideas that do not overlook the importance of the youth.

Photo credit to Flickr user albanyassociates. Photo taken on October 5, 2012 by Stuart Price. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/35769860@N04/8161417043
A young fighter of the pro-government Ras Kimboni Brigade stands with a belt-fed machine gun. Photo credit: AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE via Flikr Creative Commons
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