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Putting the Horn of Africa Back Together
Putting the Horn of Africa Back Together
Podcast / Africa

Putting the Horn of Africa Back Together

This week on a special episode of The Horn, Alan holds a panel discussion on mounting fragmentation in this East African region. In particular, Alan and three expert guests discuss the regional bloc Inter-Governmental Authority on Development’s failure to help shore up a crumbling regional order.

The project of forging a more united Horn of Africa has been a clear victim of the myriad crises rippling through East Africa. Regional security infrastructure has collapsed and attempts at multilateral conflict resolution have floundered. For its part, the body responsible for ensuring regional security, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has become dysfunctional and seems incapable of fulfilling its peace and security mandate.

This week we are bringing you a special episode of The Horn produced in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). Alan is joined by expert guests, Charles Onyango-Obbo, veteran Ugandan journalist, Betty Kaari Murungi, a Kenyan lawyer with wide regional experience, and Harry Verhoeven, an author and scholar at Columbia University, for a panel discussion on IGAD and the collapse of multilateral cooperation in the Horn. They talk about IGAD’s roots as an organisation tackling desertification and drought, the role of key players within this regional forum, continuing wariness toward outside actors and the recent political dynamics that have contributed to inaction and lethargy. They ask whether there is any way of reversing the region's political fragmentation and building a lasting order that can stem the flow of deadly conflict.

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Contributors

Senior Analyst, South Sudan
alanboswell
Betty Kaari Murungi
Lawyer and Advocate
Harry Verhoeven
Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Charles Onyango-Obbo
Journalist