Soul searching triggered by Kenya’s 2007–08 electoral violence galvanized legal reforms aimed at mitigating future violence. Will they be effective in the August elections?
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As the Kenyan electoral campaign heads into the homestretch, prospects for violence remain mixed. The Africa Center’s Dorina Bekoe offers an assessment.
How well is Kenya prepared for its elections on August 8? In an interview with the Africa Center, Kenyan academic and commentator Dr. Peter Kagwanja discusses the political dynamics and prospects for violence.
African countries contribute the most peacekeepers to missions on the continent. However, many troop-contributing countries are hybrid democratic/autocratic political systems—characterized as neopatrimonial—and some are accused of using peacekeeping missions as a means to generate rents for their regimes to retain control at home. Others send their troops only to find them partaking in the recipient country’s neo-patrimonial system—their troops exploiting the system to extract economic rents. In both cases, the purpose of peacekeeping has been undermined and the conflict perhaps prolonged.
Kenya experienced widespread violence in the 2007-08 elections, which shaped society’s views on electoral security. Unemployment, ethnopolitics and inequality triggered violence in 2008, making people doubtful of peace in 2013. Kenya made institutional reforms with a new constitution, fought impunity, decentralized executive power and improved minority rights, promoting trust amongst voters in 2013. However, many... Continue Reading
The effects of desertification are widespread and growing worse, contributing to heightened resource competition, conflict, and hunger.
South Sudanese renditions fall afoul of international law and pose legal risks for security sector professionals implicated.
The Indian Ocean is a vital conduit for trade. It's also a domain where security threats, including piracy, trafficking, and illegal fishing, thrive. Former Africa Center professor Assis Malaquias reflects on its relevance to national security in Africa.
Despite continuing crises on the continent, important norms, practices, and institutions have emerged since the Rwandan experience with the objective of preventing genocides.
As ISIS’s influence and territorial control in the Arab world have waned, so too have its reputation and ideological appeal in Africa, writes the Africa Center’s Joseph Siegle.
Calls for African countries to withdraw from the ICC overlook the strong role Africa had in establishing the Rome Statute and the ongoing support the Court retains on the continent.
Areas of Expertise: International law; transitional justice; maritime security; governance; rule of law; regional and international institutions; non-state actors; East Africa; the Horn of Africa; Great Lakes; policy and legislative drafting and review.