Statebuilding & Security | February 17, 2016

“Kill Us Together or Leave Us Alone”: The Beginning of the End of Al-Shabaab Menace in Kenya

“The media in Kenya need to take their public interest role seriously and stop behaving as fear mongers or as cheerleaders for militants’ heinous acts. Instead, they should cheer on and celebrate the acts more worthy of attention—like those of the Muslims on that ambushed bus—to help bring the Al-Shabaab menace in Kenya to an end.”

Photo credit to AU-UN IST Photo / Stuart Price. Obtained via Flickr user Albany Associates. Taken on August 5, 2013. CC0 1.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
Street scene in Hamar Weyne market in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Research and Practice | July 8, 2015

A Soft Power Approach to Eradicating Extremism in Africa

“Leaders, clerics, and scholars at all levels should devise effective strategies to tackle the root causes of extremism and terrorism. The idea is to cultivate a culture of peace, tolerance, and acceptance of unity in diversity, based on diverse African values.”

Photo credit to Albert Gonzalez Farran via Flickr user UNAMID. Taken on May 30, 2012. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Image cropped to fit frame. Original photo:
A multipronged approach is needed to eradicate extremism.
Research and Practice | August 22, 2014

Kenya’s Long-Term Security Should Be a “Discursive Project”

“Terrorism is a constructed ideology. For it to be defeated in Kenya and elsewhere, we need to construct a counter-ideology through an equally discursive process…Yet creating an effective counter-ideology, like the ‘We Are One’ campaign, requires a reconstruction of identity and an answer to the question, Who is really a Kenyan, and who is not?”

Photo from Flickr user Albany Associates. Photo credit to AU-UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES. Taken on November 30, 2012. This photo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
Members of the business community in Kismayo attend a meeting with foreign journalists.
Special Issue: Westgate Mall Attack | December 4, 2013

Westgate and the Future of Security in Africa

The time has come to reflect soberly on the significance of the Westgate mall siege and other terrorist attacks, and what lessons must be drawn to prevent another tragedy. The imminent danger remains the inability of our states’ security institutions and our regional and continental security instruments to effectively tackle extremism-related acts of violence and terrorism. A vast movement must take place to ready the continent to meet this clear and present danger.
Officers with the East African Standby Brigade.
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