East Africa


Why does al-Shabaab still exist?

Almost a decade since the African Union military intervention in Somalia, the antagonists have fought to a standstill. Or maybe not. All things considered, explains Ben Rawlence, it could well be in East Africa’s interest to keep al-Shabaab alive.

Digital radicals on the Swahili coast

Youth radicalisation and recruitment into jihadist groups is on the rise. Little is said about the histories of exclusion and marginalisation fuelling recruitment, argues Paul Goldsmith.

Kenya elections: turbulence ahead

The outcome of two bruising recent by-elections may be a sign of things to come as the rival coalitions gear up for the 2017 elections – and the Electoral Commission, worryingly, fumbles. By Dauti Kahura in Nairobi.