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.
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
Mediation & Reconciliation | November 12, 2013

Mapping Reconciliation Processes in Africa: A Project Set to Fail or A Possible Gateway to Further Research?

Reconciliation has become an important term in the national discourse, particularly within Africa. Yet what reconciliation actually refers to, how it should be implemented, and how to assess its level of effectiveness remains a challenge for many States. This piece explores the creation of a database to map reconciliation processes across the African continent, questioning whether such a project would be destined to fail, or a gateway to further research.

Photo credit to Flickr user unamid. Photo taken on August 21, 2012 by Albert González Farran. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unamid-photo/7836994082/
Reconciliation efforts between tribes in Mellit. Photo credit to Albert González Farran of UNAMID via Flikr Creative Commons
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