Mandera al-shabaab attack
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Era of transparency and statecraft

A shell of a lorry burnt by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Mandera South in a past attack. There’s no way Kenya can thwart the deadly – sometimes existential – threats posed by terror groups like Al Shabaab without citizen cooperation

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What you need to know:

  • Democracy today cannot be safeguarded from malevolent forces without new-age spy craft. In other words, statecraft itself depends today on a nation’s ability to collect and digest massive tonnes of information into actionable knowledge and intelligence. That will require cooperation, especially in regional blocs and like-minded states.