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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

4 Jun 2018
The Gulf basically believes its survival and the survival of the Gulf States and their prosperity is dependent on them taking control of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Washington Post

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
8 May 2018
What happens when a major actor like the United States begins to recede from the world, begins to retreat? You create a space for other regional actors to step in. All Africa

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
8 Apr 2018
Somalia has become a chessboard in the power game between Qatar and Turkey on the one side and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies on the other. BBC News

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
8 Mar 2018
Somalia’s federal system has reistered progress. The picture overall is not hopeles. But, if [the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM)] pulls out in a hasty manner, all that will be lost. Gulf News

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
26 Feb 2018
What you are seeing [among the nations along the Nile] is a proxy conflict of who should be the regional hegemon, Egypt or Ethiopia. The Daily Free Press

Rashid Abdi

Project Director, Horn of Africa
11 Feb 2018
Ethiopians want [the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)] to concede on the issue of the constitution. ONLF previously said they were not going to recognize the federal constitution. VOA

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