Kenya: why elite cohesion is more important than ethnicity to political stability

Posted on Mon 02 March 2020 in Africa • Tagged with Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Kenyan elections, politics

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) shakes hands with the opposition coalition leader Raila Odinga to symbolise a truce in March 2018. Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images

Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham; Gabrielle Lynch, University of Warwick, and Karuti Kanyinga, University of Nairobi

Kenyan politics is often depicted as …


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Should Nigeria have released Boko Haram suspects?

Posted on Mon 24 February 2020 in Nigeria • Tagged with Buhari, Boko Haram, terrorism, Abuja, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, President Muhammadu Buhari

Military commanders inspect arms and ammunitions recovered from Boko Haram jihadists. Audu Marte/AFP via Getty Images

Jideofor Adibe, Nasarawa State University, Keffi

The Nigerian government recently announced that it had released about 1,400 Boko Haram suspects. The reason given was they had repented and were to be re-integrated …


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