Al Shabaab’s Intent To Target Kenyan Capital Demonstrated By Foiled Terror Attack

A potentially major al Shabaab attack was foiled by security forces in Kenya in February. This article assesses the Islamist group’s continued intent to launch attacks against civilians in urban areas and examines its current capacity to do so. On Thursday 15 February, Kenyan police arrested two men, Mohammed Nane […]

Facing A Crisis Of Morale And Financial Pressure, Al-Shabab Intensifies Systematic Abuses

Systematic human rights abuses, proportionate with those committed by the Islamic State, are being committed by al-Shabab militants in Somalia. There are reports of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group extorting huge sums of money from starving villages and forcibly recruiting hundreds of suicide bombers and child soldiers. Despite formerly controlling much of […]

The 30th Summit Of The African Union And Its Implications For Regional Peace And Security

The 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit was held between the 22 and 29 of January 2018, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Led by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the newly-elected AU Chairperson, the Summit’s core theme was ‘Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable […]

The Non Respect Of International And National Laws By African Nations: The Case Of Cameroon, Nigeria, DR Congo, And Kenya

Respect for the rule of law has been very difficult in contemporary times with nations and countries frequently coming into conflict with human rights defenders and rights organizations which are frequently challenging these governments. In recent times, some African countries have taken the lead in their lack of respect for […]

Kenya Takes TV Stations Offline Amid Election Controversy

On the 30th of January, the Kenyan government shut down three major TV stations which were broadcasting preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the “people’s president.” This demonstration, which is the culmination of a series of parallel institutions established by the opposition, follows the opposition’s […]

Kenyan Authorities Restrict Media Coverage At Swearing-In Ceremony Of Opposition Leader

Following a complicated and tense election season in Kenya, according to Human Rights Watch, the government authorities restricted news outlets coverage of the symbolic inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Media companies first rejected President Uhuru Kenyatta’s instructions to not cover the public event, but the Communications Order of Kenya […]

The Illusion Of Democratic Peace In Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 50 years since the process of independence began in the African continent – at the height of the Cold War – the discussion of democratic peace still looms. Scholars, governments and concerned citizens alike contemplate the implementation of democratization throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, which is heavily influenced by the […]

Social Media And Politics In A Post-Truth World

On Monday, former US President Bill Clinton wrote in the New York Times that the ‘inclusive nationalism’ which governs the American cultural identity is being slowly replaced by a “tribalism” that emphasizes what divides people of his country rather than what unites them. In his article, he stated that the […]

AMISOM Countries Once Again Accused Of Ignoring Calls To Implement Charcoal Ban In Somalia Due To Al-Shabaab

A new report by the United Nations Monitoring Group claims countries a part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have continually failed to enforce the ban on charcoal exports out of Somalia, which is the primary source of funding for al-Shabaab. Who is al-Shabaab and why is there […]