Five foreign policy challenges for Kenya after election

Kenyan soldiers under Amisom in Somalia in February 2017. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • On the regional front, the most pressing issue is Somalia, where Kenya has a significant troop presence under the African Union Mission.
  • Relations with the other East African Community member countries, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, and lately South Sudan, is another key foreign policy challenge.
  • In terms of relations with major foreign powers, China is increasingly becoming a leading partner in Kenya’s economic development.
  • Relations with the United States in the unpredictable Trump era have not been assessed in any of the coalition manifestos.

Kenya faces enormous foreign policy challenges. The recent launches of the manifestos of the Jubilee Party and National Super Alliance highlighted the lack of discussion of the foreign policy challenges the country will have to confront after the August 8 General Election. In a fast-globalising world, Kenya’s interests are intricately tied to those of its neighbours in the East African region and, of course, the major powers around the world.


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