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Kenya’s Somali North East: Devolution and Security

Africa Briefing N°114, 17 November 2015

Clan politics, poor services, growing corruption and disarray in the security forces are undermining Kenya’s newly formed north-eastern counties, allowing the violently extremist Al-Shabaab movement to infiltrate over the border from Somalia. To build security and capitalise on devolution’s potential, national government and county elites alike must become more pragmatic and inclusive.

Beirut Bombing Widens Lebanon’s Shiite-Sunni Divide

13 November 2015: At least 40 people were killed and more than 200 injured in a 12 November attack in Beirut that combined a suicide mission and an explosive device in a densely populated street of Bourj al-Barajneh – a predominantly Shiite neighbourhood in Hizbollah’s southern suburb stronghold. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Senior Lebanon Analyst Sahar Atrache explains the background and significance of the attack.

Myanmar’s Election Success
Supporters celebrate as they wait for official results from the Union Election Commission in front of the National League for Democracy Party (NLD) head office, Yangon, 9 November 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

10 November 2015: Myanmar held its first openly contested general election in 25 years on Sunday, with initial results indicating a landslide victory by the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Myanmar adviser Richard Horsey explains the historic significance of the vote and looks ahead at some of the challenges the country faces as it navigates an uneasy transition.

Burundi: Conflict Alert

5 November 2015: Burundi again faces the possibility of mass atrocities and civil war. It appears that President Pierre Nkurunziza and those around him intend to use force to end the protests held in Bujumbura since April. The language in use is chillingly similar to that used in Rwanda in the 1990s before the genocide. At a minimum, decisive diplomatic intervention is required, led by the African Union Peace and Security Council, with the active support of the U.S., UK, and European Union.

The Future of Conflict

To mark the 20th anniversary of International Crisis Group, we are publishing a series of 20 essays by foreign policy leaders forecasting the “Future of Conflict”.

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