Open Briefing: The fact that poorly equipped and inexperienced police officers are being tasked with tracking increasingly well-armed cattle rustlers and other criminals in Kenya suggests that the trend in fatal attacks on officers will likely continue.
Open Briefing: The recent agreements between Sudan and South Sudan will take some time to have an impact on the ground and the security threats to UN and INGO staff will, therefore, continue for at least six to 12 months.
Open Briefing: Recent violence in Kenya is cause for great concern as we approach elections in March 2013. A history of political instigators of violence going unchecked has emboldened politicians looking for victory in a Balkanized state.
Open Briefing: After 20 years of failed statehood Somalia now shows the first signs of a new political conjuncture that could bring about peace. However, al-Shabaab will continue to play a role in shaping the country's future.