The spike in violence was marked by a 68% increase in fatalities involving civilians.
The negative effects of conflict on human capital – particularly nutrition, health and education – are larger than commonly thought.
It’s likely that the terrorist group will be defeated one day. But there are no signs that the political elite is capable of changing.
Kenyan families with access to mass media are significantly more afraid of terrorism than those without access.
States with more capacity, more political inclusion and that make good use of foreign aid tend to see better outcomes.
Al-Shabaab’s evolution over nearly two decades has been centred around three major goals.
Millions of Somalis are in urgent need of aid. But not enough is being done to reach marginalised groups.
Bilateral and multilateral cooperation is the best way to deal with a growing list of transboundary concerns.
The decision to redeploy in Somalia represents a renewed emphasis on the old rivalry with Russia.
Whoever wins the presidential election will inherit a host of challenges that have persistently tormented previous Somali leaders.
A transition is underway in Somalia. There are massive risks if it is not handled with great care.
The accelerated pace of Somalia’s election has been welcomed at home and abroad – but it comes at a credibility cost.
Boni forest provides a haven for military training and a staging point for hit and run tactics.
It is often difficult to place an imminent terrorist attack in a location or time.
All terrorism in the region has domestic origins but is linked to regional and international events.
Rwanda’s military intervention in Mozambique’s war against Islamic insurgents has included a request that Mozambique rein in Rwandan opposition members on its soil
From the archive: a researcher on the complex dynamics surrounding Kenyan women’s involvement in Al-Shabaab. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
The Lamu port is part of an ambitious transport corridor with the aim of integrating marginalised northern Kenya into the Kenyan economy and the nation.
This is a transcript of episode 12 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including a story on the reasons why Kenyan women who join Al-Shabaab.
The political and security order which numerous foreign actors have been investing in has produced marginal benefits for the population.