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Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Rashid Abdi joined Crisis Group in June 2015. He is Crisis Group's Horn of Africa Project Director based in Nairobi. Formerly he was Crisis Group's Horn of Africa Senior Analyst specialising in security issues in the region.

He previously served as a senior editor with the BBC Monitoring Service and Kenya’s Daily Nation. Rashid holds a Masters in Mass Communication and a PhD in Comparative Religion and Philosophy. He is a fellow of the Rift Valley Institute, where he also teaches the annual Horn of Africa Course.

In The News

26 Nov 2017
[Kenya's] crisis has highlighted the gulf between the elite and the ordinary people. It is a sentiment I recognise every day. The government and opposition are disconnected from the people’s reality. AFP

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
16 Nov 2017
[Kenya's] opposition has given greater currency [to political concessions] because of the elections dispute. I don’t think the opposition’s endgame is the Balkanisation of Kenya. Bloomberg

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
18 Oct 2017
I’ve heard a lot of complaints from Somalis saying ‘There’s a huge Western navy on our shores - why can’t those people come to help us?' Reuters

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
17 Oct 2017
One of the problems is that there is growing discontent within the [Somalian] security services. That should have sent of a clear warning signal, and al-Shabaab took advantage of that situation. The New York Times

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
16 Oct 2017
[Al-Shabaab] won’t claim responsibility because of the massive civilian deaths, but this was definitely [their] operation. IRIN

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
16 Oct 2017
We cannot be complacent about what’s happening in Somalia. It’s a clear signal that al-Shabaab is not down and out; indeed it is escalating the war. Financial Times

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa

Latest Updates

A Dangerous Gulf in the Horn: How the Inter-Arab Crisis is Fuelling Regional Tensions

The Gulf crisis and the scramble for military outposts in the Horn of Africa are exacerbating regional tensions that risk triggering a conflict. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa Project Director Rashid Abdi untangles the complex web of relations that tie the Horn and the Gulf.

Commentary / Africa

Ethiopia Must Continue to Help Stabilise South Sudan

Addis Ababa can win economic and security gains if it perseveres with its impressive commitment to peace efforts in South Sudan. With its new two-year membership on the UN Security Council, Addis Ababa has the opportunity to better connect regionally-led political processes to UN action. 

Op-Ed / Africa

It’s in Uganda’s Interest to Keep Supporting South Sudan Peace Efforts

President Museveni will naturally defend Uganda’s short-term interests, but he should also work towards longer-term stability by supporting President Salva Kiir’s pledge to bring peace through ARCSS implementation, negotiations and national dialogue.

Originally published in Daily Monitor