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People move around the outskirts of Dagahaley settlement at Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The world’s largest refugee camp: what the future holds for Dadaab

UN Refugee Agency special envoy Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, explains what caused the reversal of the decision to close Dadaab, and what the future holds for Kenya's Somali refugees.
An armed policeman searches for Al-Shabaab gunmen during the deadly Westgate shopping mall terrorist attack in Nairobi in 2013. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Why Al-Shabaab targets Kenya – and what the country can do about it

Kenya faces a serious threat of terrorist attacks given its strategic geopolitical position, its tourism and corruption. The country needs to squarely face this and take appropriate measures.
AMISOM and Somalia army soldiers after their advance on three Al-Shabaab controlled towns in the Lower Shabelle region. AU-UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Election offers Kenya the chance to provide clarity about Somalia

It's unclear exactly when Kenya's next president will begin the process of withdrawing troops from Somalia. If it's too rushed, the move might destabilise the region.
Cyber attackers lurk in the shadows wielding the ability to hit governments where it hurts the most. Shutterstock

Is cyberspace the latest conflict frontier on the African continent?

Kenya recently expressed fear that Al-Shabaab could interfere with the electronic voting system during the upcoming general election. Are cyber attacks a real threat in Africa?
A campaign poster of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in the streets of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu during the 2012 election period. Reuters/Feisal Omar

The challenges of holding an election in Somalia

Despite complications and challenges, elections in Somalia promise to be a game changer.
Somalia security escort Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy to a regional summit in Mogadishu, the first in 35 years. Reuters/Feisal Omar

Has Shabaab been weakened for good? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’

Al Shabaab is facing stress under increased pressure from the government and the regional states. But it should also be noted that predictions of its collapse have come and gone before
Mohamed Noor (left) and Huda Omar pose for a photograph during their wedding ceremony in Mogadishu, a picture at odds with the city’s reputation. Reuters/Feisal Omar

The Mayor of Mogadishu: what you get when African cliché is dropped

The Mayor of Mogadishu tells the story of Somalia with a personal and very human touch without losing sight of complex national and international political dimensions.
The threat of chemical weapon attacks is on the rise globally. Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Assessing the risk from Africa as Libya loses its chemical weapons

Governments often have limited knowledge of chemical production as it is the preserve of the private sector. Often these facilities are not as well secured as government facilities.
Somali families on a bus taking them back home to Somalia from Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp in a voluntary repatriation programme. Reuters/Edmund Blair

Repatriating refugees is Kenya’s only answer. But it needs help

Maintaining a large refugee population when the country is struggling to deal with its own challenges is a big ask
Refugees waiting to receive essential items, including food, jerry cans, blankets, soap and plastic sheeting, at Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp. Jo Harrison/Oxfam

Kenya’s threat to close Dadaab camp plays on international refugee fears

The timing of Kenya's announcement that it will close the world's largest refugee camp, and its reasons for doing so, hold important lessons for understanding refugee situations around the world.
Without the perfect-storm conditions of post-invasion insurgency, this most potent expression of al-Qaedaism yet would never have risen to dominate both the Middle East and the world in the way that it does. Reuters/Stringer

Out of the ashes of Afghanistan and Iraq: the rise and rise of Islamic State

The final article of our series on the historical roots of Islamic State examines the role recent Western intervention in the Middle East played in the group's inexorable rise.
The opening ceremony of an exercise organized by the US military in Ndjamena, Chad earlier this year to take on Boko Haram. Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

How the US is expanding its fight against extremism in Africa

Apart from numerous worldwide threats including from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the US is taking more notice of Africa due to the expansion of extremist organisations on the continent.

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