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Middle East/North Africa Security

UAE’s relations with Somalia flounder over Qatar

Since the election of the new Somali President in 2017, the country’s relationship with the UAE has deteriorated steadily. The UAE risks undoing its record of progress in the Horn of Africa.

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

What the terrorist attack in Mogadishu tells us about the resurgence of Al-Shabaab

The latest Al-Shabaab attack in Mogadishu was among the deadliest the group conducted in the country and it signalled the weakness of the Somali government.

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Location, Location, Location: UAE upping Somalia trade links amidst resurgent piracy threat

Despite the return of piracy off Somalia’s coasts in 2017, the UAE and others continue to bank on the region, sinking millions into new infrastructure.

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

CVE: A necessary tool in Kenya’s security drive

The occurrence of unprecedented terrorist attacks across the globe has driven policy makers to invest in initiatives that prevent rather than react to the roots of violent extremism. As Kenya

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

A portrait of Fadumo Dayib, the hope of Somalia’s future?

Fadumo Dayib is the first woman to run for president of Somalia in the upcoming 2016 elections. Strongly influenced by patriarchate and clans, the country has been devastated by conflicts.

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa, not the Middle East, has seen the sharpest uptick in terrorism

With Nigeria’s Boko Haram overtaking ISIS as the world’s deadliest terrorist organization, and with three out of five of the world’s most lethal terror groups operating in Africa, the beleaguered

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Can Kenya’s security keep up with trade?

As economic stakes are raised, terrorism and nonproliferation require political focus and follow-through. Fortunately there are signs that promote hope for the future, and Kenya is not alone in the process.

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Attack on police in northeast Kenya highlights ineffective government strategy

Recent attacks in Kenya highlight the inability of the government to effectively combat the threat of militants. Garissa, the site of a recent attack on police, is home to Western

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Does Kerry’s surprise visit to Somalia prelude a renewed US-Somali relationship?

John Kerry’s surprise visit to Somalia is the latest sign of strengthening relations between the US and Somalia. John Kerry arrived in Mogadishu on May 5, where he met Somali President

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia’s ruling party unlikely to reform amid economic growth

With next month’s election looming, the ruling party in Ethiopia will continue to retain power. As the country experiences massive economic growth, it also plays a crucial role in the