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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/albanyassociates/8263026991.
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.

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Officers with the East African Standby Brigade.
Special Issue: Westgate Mall Attack | December 4, 2013

Terrorism Demands Rethinking of National and Regional Security

The Westgate Mall terror attack of September 21 has raised many questions about the nature of national security in Kenya and regional security in Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa. These questions call for a rethinking of how security operations are conceived and executed, as well as an understanding of how the war on terror has raised new stakes and demanded different approaches to security.

Photo credit to Flickr user usarmyafrica. Photo taken by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May of AFRICOM. Photo taken on March 11, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo: http://goo.gl/wZP3D4
Counter-IED training, Nairobi, Kenya.
Special Issue: Westgate Mall Attack | December 4, 2013

Westgate, Counterterrorism, and Good Governance in Africa

The September 21 Al-Shabaab attack was a significant blow to the difficult process of state building on the continent, producing a sort of fear that prompts advocates of good governance to give states a blank check in the so-called ‘war on terror.’  People in Somalia and other countries touched by Somalia’s instability should, above all else, rededicate themselves to the fight for good governance and try to recapture the respect for human rights (including those of terrorists), as well as the commitment to the rule of law (including when dealing with terrorists) that such attacks tempt us to cast aside.

Photo credit to Flickr user ciat. Photo taken on June 28, 2012 by Neil Palmer. 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/ciat/7489595422/
A farmer in Geita District, Lake Zone, Tanzania.
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