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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Peeling back the layers on the role of private security companies in Africa

Posted on Tue 06 August 2019 in Africa • Tagged with Nigeria, Boko Haram, Wagner Group, Sudan, CAR, Sierra Leone

Nigerian soldiers clearing Boko Haram camps in Borno State. The government has contracted private security companies to help. EPA/Stringer

Jonathan Powell, University of Central Florida; Christopher Michael Faulkner, Centre College, and Joshua Lambert, University of Central Florida

Private military and security companies have been regular fixtures in conflicts across …


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